SAMOA CRACKS DOWN ON LOUD STEREOS IN TAXIS AND BUSES

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APIA, Samoa (December 28, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Samoa's Transport Control Board is removing stereos from taxis and buses that are played at high volumes.

Board Secretary Misi Tupuola said although it's not illegal to have music in vehicles, officials are cracking down on the installation of powerful amplifiers and heavy-duty speakers.

He said the confiscation of stereos from public transport vehicles is allowed when owners violate use conditions stipulated in their commercial licenses.

Mr. Tupuola said loud music has caused fatal accidents.

There is also concern with the effects of loud music on the elderly and those with heart conditions.

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