Cambodian Police to Ease Crackdown on Traffic Law Violators Amid Coronavirus

The Cambodian National Police Commission said Friday it would ease a crackdown on traffic violations after a public uproar about arbitrary and excessive fines at a time when the population is struggling economically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new traffic law allows police to fine the driver of any noncommercial vehicle without license plates U.S. $300. Those driving unlicensed commercial vehicles can be fined $600, more than the monthly wage of many drivers.

It has been relatively common in Cambodia for drivers to purchase and use vehicles without registering them and acquiring plates, especially motorcycles and other small vehicles.

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