The Transport Ministry on Saturday began checking the licenses of truck drivers and inspecting their vehicles in order to prevent traffic accidents.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said on Friday that the campaign was to begin by targetting transportation companies in the Autonomous Ports of Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.
“First, we will check whether drivers have proper licenses, if they have no proper driver’s license, then we will not allow the truck to leave the autonomous ports,” Mr Chanthol said. “Second, if a truck does not meet proper technical standards, we will not allow the vehicle to leave.”
“We will start with the autonomous ports, but in the future, we will do the same at dry ports because there are many goods transported in and out of these places,” he added.
Mr Chanthol said transportation companies must ensure that drivers are licensed and trucks are roadworthy, noting that by doing so, transportation companies can avoid losing time.
“All transportation companies must check the licenses of their drivers in order to avoid [inconveniences],” he said. “If their goods are not allowed to be transported, or if the process is too slow, do not blame the ministry.”
“All the owners of transportation companies please instruct and educate your drivers to respect the law,” he added. “Understand each other, do not drive too fast, it is so we work to join with the government to reduce traffic accidents, contribute to the maintenance of our roads, in order for our country to progress.”
Seng Chhuon, a secretary of state with the ministry who also heads a working group ensuring the enforcement of the Law on Road Traffic, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
However, he told local media yesterday that the working group has inspected 201 vehicles, noting that 53 vehicles were sanctioned for violating the law.
Mr Chhuon said some owners of the 53 vehicles were told to pay a fine of about $1,000.
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, yesterday said the campaign will help reduce the number of traffic accidents involving workers.
“It is a good thing that the ministry has set up measures to prevent traffic accidents by imposing restrictions through the legal system and vehicle inspection,” Mr Sina said. “What the ministry did will prevent traffic accidents for ordinary people. But, if it focuses on the workers, it will be a great contribution to preventing [accidents].”
Additionally, Mr Sina said the ministry should take action by inspecting company trucks carrying employees.
According to the National Road Safety Committee, 1,076 traffic accidents occurred across the Kingdom during the first three months of this year. It said that the accidents resulted in 513 deaths and 1,592 others injured.
It noted that last year, 1,761 people were killed and 4,771 people were injured in traffic accidents throughout the Kingdom.