Interior Minister Sar Kheng has asked his officials to investigate whether drivers of motorbikes under 125cc are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than other road users.
Speaking at a government workshop yesterday, Mr Kheng said many drivers of motorbikes with engines under 125cc were careless and did not respect traffic laws.
“Because they don’t need to have a licence they disregard traffic laws and do not wear helmets,” Mr Kheng said. “Seventy-seven percent of traffic accidents involve motorbikes, of those 66 percent of drivers did not wear helmets.”
Mr Kheng said drivers without licences often lack knowledge of how to handle their bikes.
“I want officials to study the issue and find a way to put pressure on these motorbike drivers to respect the law and also protect their own lives,” he said.
“We have to invite them for education and teach them about the basic points of traffic law.”
He added that all drivers must wear helmets to comply with the law and protect themselves.
“Traffic accidents are a big concern. Government officials are here to serve citizens and need to give the public advice to reduce the number of accidents that happen every day,” Mr Kheng said.
In January last year, Prime Minister Hun Sen decided to remove the need for motorbike drivers’ licences for vehicles with engines less than 125cc.
According to a National Police report, there were a total of 1,907 accidents in the first six months of this year, resulting in 931 fatalities and 3,006 people injured.
In the third quarter, there were 824 traffic accidents in which 426 people died and another 1,216 people were injured.