22 January 2019, Apia Samoa. Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papalii Niko Lee Hang has warned all vehicle owners that it is illegal to use LED lights or “molī sulu” on public roads as well as farms.
Papalii issued the warning when the Member of Parliament of Safata West, Lea’ana Ronnie Posini raised the issue during parliamentary proceedings.
Lea’ana said some vehicle owners are using moli sulu on public roads which affects other drivers especially at night.
“O moli sulu ia e faaaoga e o ai i faakoaga ua faaaoga i luga o auala.”
He added that these are lights used for cattle farms but are now seen on public roads.
“Sa ou faalogo i se tasi o fonotaga e na’o faatoaga lava, faatoaga manu e faataga ai moli ia ao le mea lea ua iai ua faaaoga i luga o auala aemaise lava i po.”
The MP raised concerns about the increased risks of accidents caused people using these lights at night as they drive on public roads.
The Minister of Transport intervened stressing that the use of such LED lights is illegal adding that he has already instructed LTA to remove any lights they see on vehicles and take them to the police station.”
“O moli sulu na e faasa. I soo se mea lava i lalo o le tulafono e faasa. Ua uma ona faatonu le LTA a vaaia se taavale o iai ni moli sulu, se’i ese moli ae ave i le ofisa o leoleo.
Papalii said, “LTA may have allowed it but I am telling you now, it is illegal.”
“Nei te’i ua faatagaina e le LTA moli sulu ia ao lea ua ou fai atu e faasa.”
“The problem is, when vehicle owners come to register their vehicles, they don’t bring these lights with them,” added Papalii.
“But it is after their vehicle is registered then they go home and put these lights on their cars.
“I have already informed the LTA to ensure they keep their eyes open for drivers who are using these lights, and if they get caught the LTA has the authority to remove the lights.
“The LTA can also take the owners to the police and get charged by the police because this is illegal.”