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Police Asked to Pay Vehicle Tax

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The owners of vehicles sporting police number plates must pay vehicle taxes by the end of the month or face having their vehicles impounded, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
In a letter to Interior Minister Sar Kheng, Economy and Finance Minister Aun Ponmoniroth stated that now vehicles with police number plates that were discovered without up-to-date tax payments were having their information logged and sent to the Interior Ministry, but were not being fined or facing disciplinary action.
The letter asked the Interior Ministry to clarify the situation of the lack of fines and whether it planned to start requiring those with police plates to pay tax in accordance with the law. According to the letter, phase three of the government’s plan to punish those flaunting the law started on September 1, at which point the warnings and then small fines from the first two stages would give way to offenders having the vehicles in question confiscated.
“Minister [Sar Kheng], please provide guidance to owners or the ones who use the vehicles without tax to pay the tax according to the regulation,” Mr. Ponmoniroth wrote.
Khieu Sopheak, a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said yesterday that he hadn’t yet seen the letter, but that the ministry would discuss Mr. Ponmoniroth’s concerns.
San Chey, chairman of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said he supported the request for those using police number plates to pay tax and said it should be extended to those with military plates as well.
“For the best option, they should cancel and stop allowing police and military number plates and only issue green state plates instead for cars being used for official purposes.”
He noted that cars bearing police or military plates have been involved in crashes, bad driving and crimes including the transportation of illegal timber, but the drivers never seemed to face charges.

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