Traffic police will start a nationwide crackdown on unlicensed drivers next month in a bid to improve road safety.
A National Road Safety Committee statement on Thursday said that it requested the National Police to check on all motorists travelling along National Road 1 and National Road 6 to see if they have valid driving licenses, noting that the crackdown will last for two months.
Lieutenant General Run Roth Veasna, director of the traffic police department, said yesterday that the crackdown will serve to remind all drivers to be careful on the roads and that they should always carry their license.
“We are going to announce the details of our plans to the public before the crackdown is conducted,” he said. “Our purpose is not just to check and fine them, but we want to teach motorists to be responsible on the roads and always have their license with them.”
“If they forget to bring their driving license, the $100 fine on those driving cars and $200 for truck drivers will serve as a reminder for them to always have their licenses with them,” Lt Gen Roth Veasna said.
He added that many drivers do not bother carrying their licenses with them and give the excuse that they do not do so because they are afraid they will lose them.
Lt Gen Roth Veasna noted that many riders of motorbikes above 125cc horsepower also do not have licenses, although the law requires them to have one.
“Knowing how to drive without a driving license just means that you don’t know how to drive,” he said.
Institute for Road Safety director Ear Charya yesterday welcomed the planned crackdown, noting that it will partly help to reduce traffic accidents.
“I think it is a good idea because having a license to drive is compulsory in all countries,” he said. “Having a license means that you are eligible and able to drive.”
Mr Charya noted that police should also crack down on other causes of accidents such as speeding and drunk driving.
He added that the authorities should also ensure that enforcement officers conduct checks transparently and without discrimination.
“The police top brass should make sure that officers check on all motorists, irrespective of whether the driver is in an ordinary car or an expensive one,” Mr Charya said. “Efforts should also be made to ensure that bribery does not happen.”