Police in Phnom Penh will soon begin impounding vehicles without valid number plates and punish their owners.
Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet on Friday issued a statement saying that some owners of plateless vehicles, or those with irregular number plates, have used their vehicles to commit illegal activities.
Lt Gen Thet noted that owners of plateless vehicles involved in hit-and-run cases are difficult to locate and that plateless vehicles are also prone to theft.
He said that the measure to impound them is intended to maintain social order, prevent crimes, reduce illegal activities and make it easier for police officers to locate criminals.
Lt Gen Thet said Phnom Penh motorists without valid number plates must apply for one ahead of the city-wide crackdown.
“From October 21, 2019 onwards, Phnom Penh police will impound cars and motorcycles without number plates at the traffic police headquarters,” Lt Gen Thet said. “The vehicles will be held until number plates are installed; only then will owners be allowed to retrieve their vehicles.”
Colonel Sem Kunthea, chief of Phnom Penh traffic police, yesterday said police officers will man about 70 checkpoints set up across the capital day and night.
Col Kunthea said even though the Road Traffic Law requires all vehicles to have number plates, an announcement for the crackdown was still needed to inform the public ahead of the operation.
“The law is in place, but we needed the announcement to highlight what we have done so far so people will clearly know that our officers will be implementing the measure next week,” he said.
According to the Road Traffic Law, anyone who drives without a license or number plate is subject to imprisonment for up to one month and a fine up to $195.
Yong Kim Eng, president of the People Centre for Development and Peace, supports the upcoming crackdown.
Mr Kim Eng said the measure should be implemented across the Kingdom to maintain public order and prevent crimes.
“At this point, there should no longer be vehicles without number plates in our society,” he said. “There should be measures to eliminate vehicles without number plates.”
“The authorities, especially local ones, should enforce the law and crackdown on the stealing of vehicle number plates,” Mr Kim Eng added. “If this measure is strictly enforced nationwide, I think it will be the best thing in preventing crimes.”