Come 2018, parking meters will be a permanent fixture in the Apia town area.
Cabinet has recently given the green light for the Land Transport Authority to proceed with their long-awaited plans to install parking meters, starting in the Apia town area and other public places.
The reform has been on the drawing board a long time.
During a press conference this week, Senior L.T.A officials acknowledged that with Cabinet’s blessing, they would now proceed with the preparation and installation of parking meters, set to be up and running in 2018.
Apia is a rapidly growing economy and can quickly turn into a traffic nightmare for the downtown area if traffic is not managed properly,” says L.T.A’s Assistant Chief Executive, Mataafa Sepilini Poufa.
“With the growing number of vehicles year in and year out, the parking meters will somewhat alleviate the overcrowding of public parking spaces, and minimize traffic congestions, as well as traffic accidents.”
In June, the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, confirmed the parking meters plan.
“I can say that the L.T.A is looking at installing parking meters in the town area and public places,” Papali’i said.