Transport Minister Sun Chanthol yesterday said more than 300,000 vehicles across the country have undergone safety inspections, but another 300,000 have not and must in order to ensure a reduction in traffic accidents.
Speaking during the inauguration of a new vehicle safety inspection centre in Phnom Penh, Mr Chanthol said about 300,000 vehicles have had their safety inspected.
He noted that owners of more than 300,000 vehicles whose inspection certificates have expired must have them inspected or else they face fines, noting failure to have vehicles inspected is one of the causes of traffic accidents.
“I would like to call on all citizens, please have your vehicles inspected on time. You violate the law if you fail to do so,” he said. “To avoid being fined, please join the government to reduce traffic accidents.”
According to a ministry report, the Kingdom currently has 13 vehicle safety inspection centres across the country – four in Phnom Penh, and nine in Battambang, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Kratie, Ratanakiri and Preah Vihear provinces. There are also three mobile vehicle inspection units.
The report said that 229,444 vehicles were inspected in 2017, 318,394 in 2018 and 316,958 were inspected this year, but another 302,840 vehicles carry invalid safety inspection certificates.
Institute for Road Safety director Kong Ratanak said that all vehicles plying the roads are required to be inspected, including family vehicles which need inspection every two years.
“I think that owners have to have their vehicles inspected regularly. It means that they have to follow what the government has set because most of the vehicles on the roads are used cars or trucks. So, respecting the law is a good thing but safety is even more important,” he said.
Mr Ratanak said that the ministry should monitor traffic, strengthen vehicle safety inspections and enforce the law.
“Traffic police officers should also strengthen inspections because some vehicles are tax-evasive and illegally modified and the owners fail to have them inspected,” he said. “So, proper technical inspections are needed to ensure those vehicle owners obey the law. We have to ensure vehicles on the roads are safe to drive.”