The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced yesterday that mobile vehicle inspection teams will be deployed to 14 provinces in 2018.
Ministry spokesman Va Simsorya said there are only 14 vehicle inspection centres across the country, so the goal of the mobile teams is to cover all other locations.
“The ministry will push vehicle inspection services nearer to the people, so they can have their vehicles checked without having to travel far,” he said.
The mobile teams are currently operating in Kampong Thom and Takeo provinces. They will be deployed 92 times in total throughout the year.
Mr Simsorya said that people whose technical inspection licence has expired need to go through a check again and should not wait for the mobile team, because they will be fine if they are stopped by traffic police.
Ear Chariva, director of the Institute for Road Safety, said mobile inspection teams will facilitate checks in locations that do not have a permanent inspection centre.
He said people were reluctant to go to a faraway location, which leads them to drive unsafe cars.
“Eighty percent of the cars used in Cambodia are used or secondhand, which means they often have technical problems such as faulty tires, brakes, or steering systems that require thorough technical inspection,” he said.
According to the ministry, 234,000 vehicles were checked in 2016, with a decrease to 216,000 in 2017.