Prime Minister Hun Sen will ask the governor of Phnom Penh to investigate the Chroy Changva taxi station, which critics have charged with illegally taking money from vehicles, a government spokesman said Friday.
“It is an order from the Samdech to see whether they need to close the station or not,” said spokesman Phen Thol after a Council of Ministers meeting.
“The city authorities know what to do with that order, which likely means that they could close it,” he added.
Municipality officials said Friday that no decision on the station could be made without Governor Kep Chuktema, who is traveling in Hong Kong and could not be reached for comment. He is expected to return Saturday, a municipality statement said.
City Hall set up the taxi station, which is located near Chroy Changva bridge on National Route 6A and is owned by Phanimex Co Ltd, in an attempt to reduce traffic in the city. Buses and other large vehicles are supposed to stop at the station and transfer their passengers and cargo to minibuses for the journey into the city center.
In a letter to Kep Chuktema earlier this week, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay claimed the taxi station is an illegal checkpoint to extort money from taxi drivers entering the city. Taxi drivers have alleged that the station’s guards fought with them in an effort to illegally collect money.
On Friday, Son Chhay welcomed Hun Sen’s decision to reconsider the station’s business license.
“It is good news for National Route 6 users,” he said.
Suy Sophon, president of Phanimex, defended the actions of the station’s guards and said she was happy that the city would find out the “true story” of what is going on at the taxi station.
“My guards did nothing wrong to anyone,” she said.