Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reiterated that the law in Cambodia only allows trucks up to a maximum length of 16 metres.
Speaking in front of more than 15,000 workers and employees from 15 factories in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district yesterday, he told authorities not to change the length of containers and only modify trucks to within the legal limit.
“Keep containers as normal, but modify the trucks. If the container is longer than the truck, we won’t change the container, but we must modify the truck,” said Mr Hun Sen. He said it was not unusual for containers to be longer than trucks.
“It is crazy to cut containers. We can keep containers that are longer than trucks, but we have to cut trucks that are longer than the law allows,” said Mr Hun Sen.
Kaing Monika, deputy secretary-general of GMAC, said yesterday the association appreciated the Prime Minister’s clarification regarding overloaded trucks.
“We highly appreciate the clarification and respect the government’s clear legal enforcement.
“This will clear up concern for our sector. We thank him for this,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen earlier this month ordered that overloaded trucks be taken off the road, saying they caused accidents, destroyed roads and caused public disorder.
Authorities quickly jumped into action, seizing trucks that had modified cages to allow for overloading, and also container trucks longer than 16 metres, the legal length.
“We must crack down on trucks that modify their cages and overload,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Ministers, provincial governors and district governors must take action, or be removed from their positions.”
The premier added that people could comment on his Facebook page to report overloaded trucks, while he would punish officials who did not take responsibility.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said in the past that a truck overloaded by ten tonnes was equivalent to 10,000 cars driving on the road, which causes extensive damage.
“The government spends $200 million on repairing the roads every year,” he said.
The ministry’s annual report said a total of 2,646 overloaded trucks were fined nearly $1.3 million in 2017.