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DEATH ON WHEELS? So who should we believe? The Police say this is illegal while the Land Transport Authority does not think so. What do you think?The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A) has contradicted the Police when it comes to the issue of trucks, their loads and road safety.

After the Police confirmed last week that loads such as the one pictured here are illegal and could land a driver in jail, it has emerged that the L.T.A does not subscribe to the same law book.

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In fact, the Authority says this is legal.

In response to an email from the Samoa Observer, L.T.A. Principal Public Relations Officer, Anelisa Auelua explained that “if the tray of the truck is straight it needs a cover.

“But if it’s oval and V shape then there is no need for a cover.”

The photo that accompanied the story from the Police last week was also sent to the L.T.A.

Asked if such a load is legal, the L.T.A’s response was: “Yes it is legal and safe.”

Now, the L.T.A’s position contradicts that of the Police.

When the Samoa Observer followed up with Police Spokesperson, Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu, yesterday, he maintained his position.

Another reader sent this photo in yesterday asking if this load is legal.“How can they say it's legal when it’s clear cut in the law that it is illegal,” said Su’a.

“That is insecure loading. What happens if those loads topple off the truck and hit the vehicles behind it.?

“I don’t understand what law they are referring to then.”

Su’a also provided a copy of the Road Traffic Ordinance 1960 to prove his point.

Under section 38.b of the Act, Unsafe Vehicles it states that:

“(i) no person shall operate any vehicle in such condition or in such manner or so loaded with a load so unsafe, unsecure, as to cause or be liable to cause, injury to any person.”

A follow up email sent to L.T.A. to clarify their position was not responded to by press time.

Yesterday, another concerned citizen sent in another photo of a truck (above) carrying load of gravel without a cover. Is that legal too?

 

 

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