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Buses blamed for increase in accidents

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Bus companies have been asked to improve their control over drivers. KT/Chor Sokunthea

President of the department for traffic police Ron Rath Veasna met with private bus companies yesterday to discuss a report indicating that the number of traffic accidents caused by private buses has increased.

According to a National Police report, in the first six months of 2017 there were 25 accidents involving private buses, which led to 23 fatalities and 125 people injured. For the same period in 2016, there were 15 cases which resulted in 18 deaths and 80 people injured.

Speeding and disobeying traffic laws were cited as the main reasons for the increase.

Mr Rath Veasna asked all private bus companies to send their drivers’ history and a copy of their driving license to police in order to keep track of the worst offenders.

“In the case they cause a traffic accident and escape, we suggest to the company to send their driver’s history and a copy of their license, so we can track them down easily,” he said.

He also asked the bus companies to control their drivers and make them obey traffic laws. “Some drivers are neglectful,” Mr Rath Veasna said.

“They are driving drunk and sleepy, making traffic accidents happen.”

President of the Transportation Association Chhin Chamnan said he will make sure the directives are heeded by private bus companies.

“It is very important to strengthen the drivers’ abilities,” he said. “They are the person who has the most responsibility when they are driving the bus. They should not be neglectful while driving.” 

According to the same police report, there was a total of 1,907 accidents in the first six months of 2017, resulting in 931 fatalities and 3,006 people injured.

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