Authorities in Siem reap province have banned vehicles from the popular Pub Street from 5pm to 2am in order to ease congestion along the road and allow pedestrians to easily manoeuvre between venues.
Provincial deputy police chief Son Chamnan said the ban took effect on Friday and is aimed at making the street less crowded.
Mr Chamnan said the ban will allow international and national tourists to easily move between bars, restaurants and shops located along the street.
“Now Pub Street is very crowded,” he said. “So to ensure public order, the authorities will no longer allow any kind of vehicle to enter Pub Street from 5pm to 2am every day.”
Mr Chamnan noted that authorities have designated three parking lots nearby Pub Street for visitors to park their vehicles before visiting the street.
He added that authorities are planning to next ask vendors selling goods from carts to not do so along Pub Street.
Sin Sitha, a national tourist who visited the area for New Year celebrations, said it was very crowded and difficult to gain access to the street.
“It was very difficult to park our car,” she said. “The street was very crowded with people, but this new plan will help.”
Van Pheak, a vendor who sells goods from a cart, said he will only move off the street if all other cart vendors do the same. “If all the vendors selling via carts agree to move to sell at another place together, I will also agree to move for public order,” he said.
In July, Siem Reap provincial governor Khim Bun Song issued guidelines to clean up Pub Street, noting business owners and motorists had in the past encroached upon the street with illegal signs, electrical wires and parking lots.