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Motorists rush for licences to avoid fines

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Motorists line up to apply for a driver’s licence at the capital’s Russey Keo district. KT/Siv Channa

The National Police said traffic police have fined over 17,000 motorists caught violating road traffic rules and regulations since the sub-decree on heftier traffic fines was imposed on May 1.

The penalties account for a range of traffic violations committed including driving without a safety helmet or seat belt, driving without a licence or number plate, exceeding the speed limit and using a mobile phone while driving.

Lov Nico Vathana, the chief in charge of driving licence and safety road from the Phnom Penh Municipal Public Works Department, said on the second day of the sub-decree’s implementation, more than 2,500 tuk-tuk drivers and moto-riders lined up at the department to get their driver’s licence.

He said people who need to take a driving test to get a licence should come to the municipal public works department while motorists with expired licences should renew theirs at Aeon malls.

Boran Sathya, deputy chief in charge of road safety, said that motorists who ride motorbikes with engines from 125cc and above are required to take an exam to get a valid licence.

“A valid driver’s licence ensures that its holder is skilled in driving and knows how to navigate the road,” said Mr Sathya.

Thun Chana, a motorbike rider, said he will be taking a driving test as his vehicle’s engine exceeds 125cc.

“Before I didn’t bother getting a driving license but the law stipulates riders of motorbikes with engines ranging from 125cc and above must hold a driver’s licence. I will comply with the law,” he said.

Likewise, tuk-tuk driver Men Chan said he has already applied for a driver’s licence.

“I am a tuk-tuk driver. I earn income from driving so I need to do what I can so I don’t get fined by traffic police. I already went to the department to get a driver’s licence because I don’t want to lose the money that I earn,” he said.

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