Chea Sophara Starts Traffic Cleanup With Monivong

First the city hung traffic signals, painted lines on major thoroughfares and cleared city sidewalks.

Now, in the latest effort to improve Phnom Penh’s chaotic traffic, police are increasing their patrols of Monivong Boulevard and educating motorists and cyclos, officials said Monday.

Drivers have until April 1 to better learn traffic laws, including parking, obeying traffic signals and making proper turns, said Ell Sam Narin, deputy municipal traffic police chief.

After that, police will no longer issue fines on the spot, but will escort offenders to a specific office where they will have to pay. The aim is to cut down on police bribery and to earn revenues for the city, Ell Sam Narin said.

In addition, police will require all motorbike owners to have registration cards and license plates, not only to generate revenue, but also to cut down on theft, Phnom Penh Governor Chea Sophara said.

“For so many years already, motos have had no registration,” he said. “We can’t identify who is good and who is bad.” Motorists will pay for registration rather than paying off police when they are stopped.

“It will be cheaper for them to have the registration,” Chea Sophara said in a recent interview. Registration and plates will be available at the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works, he said and will cost “less than $8.”



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