1 Apr 2014

American Samoa police call for government workers to be punished

11:30 am on 1 April 2014

The police commissioner of American Samoa has suggested stiff disciplinary action against government employees who continue to abuse the use of government vehicles.

William Haleck spoke at a cabinet meeting where acting governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga, says there's still a lot of government vehicles being used by employees out of hours, based on reports by police and road marshalls.

Lemanu urged directors to tell their staff the importance of respecting policies and obtain a permit for use of vehicles after hours.

He says addressing vehicle abuse will also cut down fuel costs.

William Haleck says the government should have a policy that imposes disciplinary action on those who continue to abuse the system.

"If you're caught three times doing this then you'll get a 30-day suspension from work, or something of the sort, but if we keep allowing this to happen, we are still going to have these problems."

William Haleck.