21 Mar 2012

New transport safety rules introduced in American Samoa

10:39 am on 21 March 2012

New transport safety rules being introduced in American Samoa will require buses to install emergency exit doors and for signs to be exhibited on the top and sides of taxis.

The new rules are being proposed by the Commerce Commission and the Department of Public Safety in response to United States Department of Transportation requirements.

All aiga buses will be required to have emergency exits at the rear side of their buses.

Taxis will be required to have a taxi sign at the top and their company signs on both sides of the commercial vehicle.

Under the commission's original proposal, all taxis were to be painted the same yellow color.

The Commerce Commission has decided against a plan of phasing out buses that are less than ¾ tons or 4-wheel buses.