Business as usual at L.T.A
The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has advised through a public notice that it is still offering all traffic-related services.
These includes the licensing of new vehicles, renewal of vehicle registration, issuing of new and renewal of drivers' license and traffic infringement tickets which should still be paid at the L.T.A. office.
The notice also advised that parking meters in Apia — which Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hangare has described as a major investment by the L.T.A. — are also still operational.
Papalii indicated last month that the ownership of the parking meters will not be handed over to the Police immediately, as it is one of the authority's new investments.
And he added that Cabinet directives — relating to the transfer of traffic enforcement powers back to the Police — cannot be implemented until the Parliament makes the necessary amendments to the relevant laws.
Two months ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi announced a major reshuffling of Cabinet portfolios, which included the handing over of powers relating to traffic enforcement back to the Ministry of Police.