Re: P.M. defends govt. decision
This is one of the Prime Minister’s decisions (as well as the road switch) with which I agree totally.
The fact of the matter is that, there are too many cars in Samoa and many of these are eyesores. They are old, run down and in need of fixing.
The state of the roads do not help maintain the lives of these vehicles but that is another story.
Given the weather and proximity to the sea, many of the vehicles coming into the country become rust buckets fairly quickly.
I know that my overseas relatives would like to see more years out of the last car they paid for and sent but sadly, that won’t be the case.
Having this rule should have two results. One is the reduction in the number of cars on the streets of Apia leading to better traffic flows in the mornings and evenings.
Two is the increase in the number of relatively new vehicles in the country. Tourists will ride around in taxis and rental cars with conditions comparable to those in the their countries of origin.
As for me and my family we are happy to catch good and relatively new public transport for my overseas relatives will now not be able to afford to send another (comparatively new) car.