City Hall yesterday told the Sonatra Group it will no longer be able to collect money from people parking around Wat Phnom in Daun Penh district.
City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey said yesterday that City Hall told the Sonatra Group to stop collecting money from people who parked in designated parking areas around Wat Phnom.
“Phnom Penh Governor [Khuong Sreng] stopped Sonatra Group from taking money from people for parking around Wat Phnom because some complaints have been filed against that company,” he said.
The Sonatra Group was founded by Oknha Sorn Sokna in 2010.
Yous Yuthy, deputy governor of Daun Penh district, said Mr Sreng and Daun Penh district Governor Sok Penhvuth decided to stop the company from collecting money because there have been many complaints about them.
He said many people drove their children to the nearby Kantha Bopha hospital for treatment and were forced to pay Sonatra Group employees upwards of 3,000 riel, or $0.75, to park their vehicles around Wat Phnom.
“People said that sometimes, the company locked their motorbikes with chains to demand money from them, so the Phnom Penh governor and district governor decided to stop this company’s contract,” said Mr Yuthy.
“Today, I went there with some district officials and district security guards to tell people parking there that starting from today, the Sonatra Group is no longer taking money from people to park near Wat Phnom.”
Mr Yuthy added that people were asked to be responsible for their own motorbikes and cars.
Mr Sokna and his wife declined to comment yesterday.