Samoa’s plan to swap road sides sparks motorist unrest

Samoa’s plan to swap road sides sparks motorist unrest

Samoan Bus

As you may have seen in the news recently Samoa’s prime minister has decided to do something for his constituents who want to buy cheap cars: swap driving from the right-hand side to the left-hand side. The reasoning behind the move is simple, it will allow Samoans to buy cheaper cars from us here in NZ and our Australian friends. What’s more intriguing, is the Samoan prime minister saying the switch will help Samoans avoid tsunamis.

Swapping sides of the road is serious stuff so it’s not exactly a shock to find that more than a few Samoans aren’t happy about it. A local lawyer has formed a group called People Against Switching Sides, and he was able to get 30,000 petition signatures. That’s impressive in a country with just 200,000 people. Samoa’s roads are already dangerous, and those opposing the change feel that this will only mean more injured and killed citizens, not to mention a huge bill.

The government is sticking to its guns and to its September 7th changeover date also making that day a national holiday.

The Wall Street Journal was in Samoa to cover the story and if their footage of an overcrowded bus full of people traveling the wrong way down a training road is any indication, there may be some teething problems.

Check out a video of the Wall Street Journal’s news story below.

Samoan Bus

As you may have seen in the news recently Samoa’s prime minister has decided to do something for his constituents who want to buy cheap cars: swap driving from the right-hand side to the left-hand side. The reasoning behind the move is simple, it will allow Samoans to buy cheaper cars from us here in NZ and our Australian friends. What’s more intriguing, is the Samoan prime minister saying the switch will help Samoans avoid tsunamis.

Swapping sides of the road is serious stuff so it’s not exactly a shock to find that more than a few Samoans aren’t happy about it. A local lawyer has formed a group called People Against Switching Sides, and he was able to get 30,000 petition signatures. That’s impressive in a country with just 200,000 people. Samoa’s roads are already dangerous, and those opposing the change feel that this will only mean more injured and killed citizens, not to mention a huge bill.

The government is sticking to its guns and to its September 7th changeover date also making that day a national holiday.

The Wall Street Journal was in Samoa to cover the story and if their footage of an overcrowded bus full of people traveling the wrong way down a training road is any indication, there may be some teething problems.

Check out a video of the Wall Street Journal’s news story below.

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