In an effort to reduce the number of traffic accidents involving garment workers, the Labour Ministry has created an incentive programme to recognise and award good drivers.
Labour Minister Ith Samheng said on Tuesday that even though the number of accidents has decreased, his ministry and relevant institutes were working to reduce the number even more.
“We have an incentive programme for the truck drivers of workers. We will give an award or money to drivers who don’t have any accidents,” he said.
He added a working group on traffic safety and an inter-ministerial committee that included traffic police officials were educating truck drivers on the traffic law, administering driving tests and explaining the importance of paying special attention when others’ lives were at stake.
“All truck drivers have to take the driving test and have a driver’s licence. We will require them to prepare safe vehicles and reduce the number of workers riding in the truck,” he said, adding the ministry would try to reduce the number of road accidents involving workers to zero.
A National Social Security Fund spokesman said yesterday that NSSF’s report on traffic accidents involving garment workers in 2017 had yet to be completed.
According to a National Road Safety Committee report, truck accidents involving workers in 2017 occurred 26 times, causing four deaths and 484 injuries.
It said most of the accidents happened in Svay Rieng, Preah Sihanouk, Takeo, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu, Prey Veng and Kandal provinces.
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said yesterday he thought the Labour Ministry’s incentive programme would be ineffective.
“I think it will not have an effect on reducing accidents because only some drivers are careful. Others will remain careless and accidents will still happen,” he said.
Mr Sina added the Labour Ministry and relevant institutes should ensure trucks are safe for workers and should also build accommodation for workers near their factories.