The Phnom Penh Governor has warned motorists that authorities will be taking strict action against illegally parked vehicles, especially those on pavements impeding the passage of pedestrians.
Governor Khoung Sreng said some business locations and schools still allow vehicles to park on the pavement, which affects public order, and noted he has ordered district authorities to take action.
“We cannot have cars parked along pavements,” he said. “We must consider security and terrorism issues, and not allow cars to park on those pavements, because the pavement and the road are near to each other.”
“The municipality has now provided another two tow trucks to Sen Sok and Por Senchey district halls,” he added. “So, these district halls have to resolve this issue in their areas.”
Institute for Road Safety director Ear Chariya said authorities must themselves respect traffic laws before they can motivate and educate the public to do the same.
“The authorities should carry out at least three to six months of educational measures in the areas where there are traffic problems,” he said. “And before starting to ban parking on the pavement, the authorities should have public spaces for people to park.”
Chey Sopoeun, a resident living in Pochentong, said he is often frustrated by the disorder.
“Sometimes I am frustrated because it makes me late to take my children to school,” he said. “Sometimes there are only one or two cars causing traffic congestion.”