15 Feb 2008

Samoa Government won't say if controversial Road Bill contains legal protections for State

4:05 pm on 15 February 2008

Samoa's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau, has refused to respond to a claim the government would not be held responsible for any loss of life or damage caused by the switch to driving on the other side of the road.

The Government is planning for Samoa to drive on the left hand side.

The chairman of the People Against Switching Sides group, or PASS, Tole'afoa Solomona To'ailoa, has told reporters the proposed Road Traffic bill has a provision that legally protects the government from any wrongdoing if the change is to go ahead.

But the Minister has told local television he won't comment until the legislation is tabled and referred to the bill's committee where the public can voice their opinions.

The Parliament he says should have the privilege of debating the legislation first.

The minister has expressed surprise the bill has been made known to the chairman of PASS before it goes to the house.