At least 17 illegally operating garages have been shut down in Phnom Penh, while the Transport Ministry has discovered nearly 4,000 modified vehicles on roads across the country since the Prime Minister ordered a crackdown nearly two weeks ago.
City Hall said yesterday that its working group was continuing to inspect six garages that modified vehicles.
It found four unlicensed garages in Sen Sok district and six more were shut down in Por Senchey district on Wednesday.
“The working group found that those vehicle-modifying garages had been operating without a licence and decided to shut them down,” City Hall said.
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng recently advised relevant subordinates to inspect all garages that modified vehicles. If vehicles were altered illegally or the garage had no licence, those garages had to be shut down.
Sam Piseth, director of the city’s public works and transport department, said that 17 illegal garages had been shut down across the capital up until yesterday.
“There are 17 locations that have been shut down in Phnom Penh,” he said, declining to provide further details.
Va Simsorya, a spokesman for the Transport Ministry, said the total number of garages shut down across the country had yet to be calculated.
However, he added that from February 10 to 19, authorities found 3,902 modified vehicles and re-modified 467 of them on the spot.
“The ministry has appealed to all garages, companies and vehicle owners to obey the law. Normally when we enforce the law, there’s an effect so we must all obey the law together to not lose time and money,” he said.
The crackdown on illegally modified vehicles began on February 9 after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to sack officials who failed to protect the nation’s roads and bridges. He said the measures were to protect the interests of the public and to avoid damaging roads and bridges.