Authorities are set to continue strict vehicle and registration inspections at Phnom Penh Autonomous Port and Sihanoukville Autonomous Port after officers found numerous violations.
Seng Chhuon, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, who is also the head of a traffic law enforcement working group overseeing the inspections, said in a press conference that throughout June 15 to 30, the ministry has inspected 1,954 heavy trucks and found 224 vehicles, or equivalent to 11 percent, that violated laws and were subsequently fined.
“There were still a handful of heavy trucks that did not adhere to specified standards, with some heavy truck drivers who ignored standards, did not cooperate with authorities on inspections or did not have proper documents, which also caused traffic congestion,” Mr Chhuon said. “All vehicle owners and drivers please cooperate and follow the rules.”
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia yesterday released an open letter requesting Public Works and Transport Ministry officials to have a temporary solution to the inspections that the association said have affected the transport of goods in the garment sector.
The association noted that the inspections have caused delays in the import of raw materials and finished products of GMAC members, which are causing financial losses and the loss of confidence from buyers.
“GMAC would like to request the Royal Government of Cambodia to have a temporary solution with the Cambodia Trucking Association (CAMTA), with regard to the strengthening of the traffic law by the National Road Safety Committee, as GMAC members have been falling victim to this issue,” GMAC said in its statement.
Ken Loo, GMAC secretary-general, said that he supported the strengthened law enforcement that aim to prevent and reduce traffic accidents. However, he said it was also affecting the garment sector in Cambodia.
An owner of a heavy vehicle transport company, who asked not to be named, complained about the strict inspections, noting that it was making transporting goods difficult.
“The inspections have been too restrictive,” he said. “Vehicles on the road may come across stones, making the tires worn out. Sometimes drivers come across problems with traffic lights. If they lack any little thing, they are punished.”
General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief and a member of the National Road Safety Committee, on Friday said the inspections caused only a slight traffic congestion, as authorities are the law to drivers who are not yet familiarised with it.
“The delays in goods transportation have not been a problem, we have made efforts to make drivers understand the law and try to prevent traffic congestion as best as we can,” Gen Yan said. “However, we would like to inform that the inspections are for public safety. If we neglect safety, there will be serious losses.”