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City Hall laments growing traffic woes

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Cambodians using public transport. KT/ Mai Vireak

City Hall today said that traffic congestion in the capital remains a major problem because many people do not use public buses.

Deputy Governor Nuon Pharath said population growth leads to more vehicles on the road, noting that there are three million people in Phnom Penh, 500,000 registered vehicles and 1.7 million motorbikes and tricycles.

“We are facing congestion on public roads because people are using individual vehicles such as cars and motorbikes, and many do not obey traffic laws,” Mr Pharath said after workshop on “Supporting Sustainable Integrated Public Transport Development”, which was funded by the Asian Development Bank.

“While rapid socio-economic development is good for Phnom Penh, it also brings traffic woes such as jams,” he added.

Mr Pharath said that to solve the problem, the relevant authorities such as the police, must crack down on errant motorists.

He said City Hall also needs continued support from development partners, including NGOs, to find ways ways to deal with traffic jams.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper

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