11 Sep 2009

Upolu Bus Society secretary apologises for bus operations in Samoa

10:44 am on 11 September 2009

"The secretary of Upolu's Bus Society, Amituana'i Winston Tufuga, has apologised to commuters inconvenienced by many buses not operating this week, but he hopes a new proposal being put before the Government today (friday NZ time) will resolve the matter."

Many buses are off the road because they do not comply with new road regulations brought in when Samoa switched to driving on the left hand side of the road on Monday.

The bus owners want Government help to move doors and steering columns, and today intend asking the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, for nearly four thousand US dollars, for each bus.

They also want temporary licences to allow the buses on the road in the interim.

Amituana'i Winston Tufuga says they didn't want to upset the public.

We didn't want them to suffer or go through all this, but hopefully they will understand the issue. It's no use to hurry and all that, because surely they're going to complain and poinrt thr finger at us if something happens on the road.