The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation reported that its new online vehicle registration system has been a success, with more than 500,000 vehicles registered since its launch in January 2017.
On Friday, the ministry made a presentation to thousands of students in Phnom Penh to teach them how to register their vehicles online.
Chea Socheat, director of the road and transport department with the ministry, said that the online system was created to battle corruption as many vehicle owners complained of having to pay bribes while registering in person.
“More than 500,000 vehicles have been registered with the new system,” he said. “This is our achievement, and it shows that the system works and people know how to use it.”
“It is very easy, fast and there is no need to pay any extra money,” he added.
Mr Socheat said that vehicle owners in the past had to come to the ministry and wait for long periods of time to register their vehicles.
Mr Socheat noted that this led to some people paying bribes for faster service or different number plates.
With the online system, everyone pays the same fees, about $31 for car registration and $10 for motorbike registration, he said.
Sin Sitha, who joined the presentation, said he had in the past paid bribes of up to $15 as a “service fee” in order to get faster service at the ministry.
“I just bought a new car and my daughter used the online system,” he said. “It was much faster and we did not pay any extra money.”
According to a report from the ministry, from 1990 to 2017 about four million vehicles were registered in the country.