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Gov’t to incentivise electric bus imports

Chhut Bunthoeun / Khmer Times Share:
Photo taken on Sept. 10, 2019 shows a Chinese-made electric bus ready to leave for Cali at a bus station in Yumbo, Colombia. (Xinhua/Jhon Paz)

The government is working on a policy to encourage imports of high-quality electric buses.

Chhoun Voun, director-general of the Department of Land Transport at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, told Khmer Times yesterday they are drafting a “land transport policy” that will include incentives for those who want to import electric buses.

“The policy will incentivise the import of electric buses as there are some investors who are interested in importing these vehicles,” he said.

Drafting of the policy began this year and will finish sometime next year, he said. It is being written with the collaboration of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE).

Mr Voun said the policy will lower import duties for these vehicles but did not specify by how much. He said the policy will make importing electric buses cheaper than importing “ordinary vehicles”.

The move is seen as part of government efforts to improve urban mobility, reduce air pollution, enhance road safety and encourage people to use public transportation.

Mr Voun also noted that the government is planning to standardise the import of automobiles to ensure quality and safety for the end-user.

Cambodia imports about 6,000 used and new cars each month, with new cars accounting for about 15 percent of total imports, according to Kun Nhem, GDCE director-general.

In August, Sram & Mram Group and Elpro Automobiles announced they are looking at partnering with the Cambodian government on a project that will strengthen the Kingdom’s public transportation system and make Cambodia a producer and exporter of electric buses.

Sram & Mram Group, an international business conglomerate with roots in India, and Elpro Automobiles, an Indian automaker, want to set up assembly lines in Cambodia to produce electric buses.

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