Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng has announced an immediate ban on large trucks plying the city’s roads during daylight, but the measure has been criticised as ineffective.
Mr Sreng announced the ban on Friday while meeting Chamkar Mon district officials.
“From now on, we will not allow large trucks to come in or go out of the city at all times during daytime and will limit their travelling hours, although they currently have permission to operate all day,” he said.
Mr Sreng added that in the past, all kinds of trucks could enter and leave the capital at any time and this caused traffic accidents and jams in the capital.
“Many copy the permits from other truck drivers and stick them on their windshields to travel in the city because no one checks the cards,” Mr Sreng said. “This is why the big trucks have the chance to come in and go out of the city with impunity.”
“So, from now on, all big trucks are not allowed to enter or leave the city during daytime, and can only do so between 8pm and 9pm daily,” he added.
Mr Sreng ordered village and commune chiefs to enforce the ban and warned of action against them if they did not follow the directive. He noted that the authority has the right to stop or arrest truck drivers who disobey the law.
San Chey, executive director of Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said yesterday that he did not believe the new measure will be effective because it has been tried before.
“I do not believe that the ban on big trucks during the daytime will be successful,” he said. “I think that after a week or so of its implementation, the trucks will be back on the streets.”
Mr Chey noted that such a measure will only be effective if a ban is included in traffic laws and implemented nationwide.