Interior Minister Sar Kheng has suggested that the Ministry of Public Works and Transport repair roads and strengthen implementation of traffic laws.
Mr Kheng made the comments yesterday while presiding over an annual report meeting for the ministry at Chaktomok hall in Phnom Penh.
He said the ministry is still dragging its heels on road repairs and traffic laws, leading to criticism from the public, especially about the state of National Road 8.
“In fact, this national road was just repaired but still remains damaged,” he said. “This means the repairs need to be better to ensure safe roads for drivers.”
According to a ministry report, the ministry spent just over $200 million repairing nearly 10,000 kilometres of road in 2017.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said he has been urging his officials to do more.
“Our plan for 2018 is to continue to maintain roads and repair roads for quality and making them safe for drivers,” he said.
Mr Kheng added that the number of traffic accidents shows that the traffic laws are not being implemented.
Mr Kheng said some motorists still drive on the wrong side of the road, causing chaos, and also do not use helmets.“Some motorists still do not understand all the traffic laws,” he said. “And implementation is still limited. We must reduce traffic accidents in 2018.”
According to an Interior Ministry report, 1,780 people died and 5,539 people were injured in traffic accidents nationwide in 2017.