The Public Works and Transport Ministry on Monday reminded motorists and transport companies to send their vehicles for roadworthiness checks and follow traffic laws to avoid being penalized.
The call was made during a workshop, aimed at improving the quality of vehicle registration and technical inspection, at Aeon Mall 2 in the capital.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said that those who refuse to take vehicles for regular technical inspections risk causing traffic accidents, loss of property or loss of life.
“So, I would like to appeal all vehicle owners to take it them for regular checks because if they don’t they can cause accidents because their vehicles are not roadworthy, including having worn tyres, faulty brakes or damaged lights,” he said.
Mr Chanthol also called on all transport companies to practice road safety by sending their vehicles for regular checks, avoid overloading and ensure they are properly licensed, failing which they will face legal action.
“I am preparing a system to monitor heavy vehicles regularly and if the same transport operators flout the laws we will close down their companies and make them pay for any road damage cause by overloaded vehicles,” he noted. “We will tighten enforcement of the law to reduce traffic accidents that kill an average of five people and injure 15 to 20 per day and cause damage to property totalling about $ 350 million a year.”
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