Ministry Calls for Vehicle Safety Inspections

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation an­noun­ced this week that all car or truck owners will be required to send their vehicles to diagnostic centers or face fines from police.

Taxis, fuel trucks, transports and personal vehicles will all be re­quired to undergo checks for safety and emissions at a cost of $50 to $60 per vehicle, said Pao Maly, deputy director for the transportation department of the ministry.

The ministry has signed contracts with two companies to run two diagnostic facilities, one in Meanchey district and one in Russei Keo district, he said.

There are an estimated 100,000 vehicles—not including motorcycles—in Cambodia, Pao Maly said. He estimated about 60 percent to 70 percent of them are unsafe.

“The poor condition of these vehicles is very dangerous for driving,” Pao Maly said. “Some­times the ministry sees the wheels run away from the car.”

Piat Co, Ltd, a Korean company, and Ciosi Co, Ltd, a Chinese company, have each built diagnostic facilities in Phnom Penh that will use computers to check such items as headlights and turn signals, as well as exhaust emissions. Every vehicle must pay for the inspection. Those that don’t pass inspection will be repaired. Those that pass will be issued a window sticker, Pao Maly said.

“If anyone does not do the check-up, the traffic police will fine them 2,000 riel [about $0.50] per day,” said Leang Sum, the government technician monitoring the project.

The two inspection companies will pay the government $2 per car the first year, $2.50 the second, and $3 the third.

The Ministry of Transportation also wants owners of right-hand drive vehicles to register them by March 31.


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