Container on footpath raises eyebrows, company promises action

A business that placed a 40-foot container on the side of the main road at Vaigaga has assured the public that it will be moved on Monday.

Members of the public have raised concerns about the container being too close to the main road, which blocked the pedestrian walkway and could become an impediment to motorists driving on that side of the road.

The company had been selling used tyres from the container.

An employee of the firm Auto Guys Ltd, Taulafo Tuilaepa, confirmed that the container belongs to the company and it was placed in front of the business due to the “shortage of land”.

He said members of the public as well as the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have already raised their concerns with the company’s owner a week after it was transported and stored there.

“There were some members of the public who came to me and said about the container being in front of the shop which is not safe,” he said.

The owner of the company has taken on board the public’s concerns as well as the L.T.A., added Mr. Tuilaepa, and will relocate the container on Monday after the items inside are removed.

“The L.T.A. came and talked to my boss and they told them that Monday next week everything in the container will be moved into the shop and the container will be moved out.”

Jason Liu, who owns Auto Guys Ltd, confirmed the container’s relocation when he spoke to this newspaper.

He acknowledged the danger it posed to motorists and pedestrians.

“Everything inside the container will be moved out next Monday,” he said.

“The L.T.A. office come and said about the container, they saw that we have a lot of things inside and we told them that by Monday will be removed. I know the container is placed in front of the shop and near the road is dangerous for the people – I have set the day to remove the container.”

Mr. Liu said they plan to move their business to an area with more space in the near future. 

“We are planning to expand our company so that the next container will be put in a bigger place that is far from the road,” he added.

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