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Crackdown imminent for disorderly parking in capital

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City Hall officials at a meeting on Tuesday. Koh Santepheap

City Hall officials and police officers will soon start cracking down on vehicle owners who park indiscriminately and endanger the safety of other road users in all 12 districts in the capital.

City Hall officials, led by Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng, on Tuesday met with police officers to discuss ways to improve the traffic flow in the capital.

City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said yesterday that the meeting focused on ways to strictly enforce laws, including towing away cars parked indiscriminately, especially on the sides of 11 main roads in the capital.

Mr Meas Pheakdey said that City Hall has been promoting the disadvantages of parking on the road, and the benefits of not doing so, for about a year through the media.

The city lacks proper parking spaces. KT/Chor Sokunthea

“This problem has been advertised for one year already since His Excellency Khuong Sreng took office,” he said. “So far, we have adopted the soft approach by educating people not to park their vehicles in a disorderly way.”

“We have done so for about a year and even made videos showing people how indiscriminate parking causes traffic congestion and even leads to deadly accidents,” he added.

Mr Meas Pheakdey said that the police are carrying out regular enforcement on the 11 main roads, but it was now time to fully crack down on errant motorists to reduce accidents and congestion in all 12 districts.

“We campaigned for a year and by now people should have got the message,” he said. “We have now informed the police to strictly enforce the law and it is up to them to decide how to do it.”

Traffic police chief Chev Hak yesterday confirmed receiving the order but declined to comment further.

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