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Ministry mulls truck driver training school

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The government wants heavy truck drivers to help improve road safety. Supplied

The Cambodia Trucking Association has suggested the Ministry of Public Works and Transport open the kingdom’s first heavy truck driver training school.

The ministry held a seminar yesterday on its annual report for 2017 and plans for 2018.

Speaking at the seminar, Camta chairman Chhim Sokan said Cambodia lacked heavy truck drivers and only had training schools for drivers of cars, ordinary trucks and buses.

“The association suggests to the Ministry of Public Works to help create a heavy truck driver training school in Cambodia because nowadays it’s difficult to find heavy truck drivers who have been properly trained,” he said.

Transport Minister Sun Chanthol accepted Camta’s suggestion and said his ministry would send officials to Thailand at the end of January to study their training schools.

“I will send my officials to Thailand to examine and study heavy truck driver training schools there to consider opening one in Cambodia. We need heavy truck drivers who have been trained at school to avoid traffic accidents,” he said.

He added the ministry planned to install GPS devices in all heavy trucks to directly monitor their weight.

“If we have GPS technology to put in all heavy trucks, we do not need weighing stations to examine them. The data will be sent to us while they’re on the road. Overloaded trucks are destroying the roads,” he said.

According to a ministry report, a total of 2,646 overloaded trucks were fined nearly $1.3 million in 2017.

Last year saw 4,167,884 vehicles register with the ministry, including 3,560,563 motorbikes and 607,321 cars. The ministry also processed 1,231,716 drivers’ licences.

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