The Ministry of Public Works and Transport said yesterday the number of vehicles that had been checked for defects increased fivefold as traffic police nationwide last week imposed increased fines for traffic violators in accordance with the government’s mission to reduce traffic accidents in the Kingdom.
Ministry spokesman Heang Sotheayuth said since May 1, a total of 10,658 vehicles had been brought for technical inspection – much higher than the roughly 2,000 vehicles checked before the sub-decree on heftier fines was enforced.
He added 619 motorists have had their driver’s licences renewed at the capital’s Aeon 1 and 2 malls.
“Many came to renew [their licences] because they didn’t want to be ticketed by traffic police for carrying an expired driver’s licence,” said Mr Sotheayuth. He noted the figure posed a sharp increase from about 100 people who had their licences renewed before the new sub-decree was enforced.
“This is a good sign as it means people are following and respecting the law. I appeal to the public to continue partaking in the effective enforcement of the road traffic law by registering their vehicles and getting them checked for technical defects to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy,” said Mr Sotheayuth.
At present, he said there are about one million light and heavy vehicles and around five million motorbikes in the Kingdom.
Major General Chev Hak, deputy Phnom Penh Municipal chief in-charge of traffic issues, yesterday lauded motorists who participated in ensuring the effective enforcement of the road traffic law.
“This will help reduce injuries and casualties from traffic accidents,” he said.