5 Feb 2008

Samoa drive switch opposition seeks outside support

2:13 pm on 5 February 2008

A group against switching the side of the road people drive on in Samoa is appealing to Samoans in New Zealand to support its cause.

Samoa's controversial switch from the right to the left side of the road using right hand drive vehicles moved a step closer when amendments to the Road Traffic regulation were endorsed.

The amendment allows for the import of right hand drive vehicles since February 1st.

But many people resist the change and a committee has been gauging public opinion on the issue .

A spokesman for the group People Against Switching Sides Toleafoa Solomona says people need to speak out.

"Well I just hope that the Samoans living in New Zealand would come to appreciate the extent of our concerns here. Because I do know that some Samoans there aren't fully aware of what the issues are about, and that we are simply against the bringing in of RHD vehicles, but that is far from the truth."

Toleafoa Solomona.