Crash details all too familiar

May 21st, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

The circumstances that led to Tuesday’s deadly accident in Svay Rieng province – a driver’s decision to turn his vehicle into potential oncoming traffic to pass a slower-moving motorist – would be familiar to anyone who has taken a bus, van or taxi on one of Cambodia’s national roads.

The consequences – 18 dead, and more seriously injured when the bus tore through a crowded passenger van – are familiar as well. Of 2,226 fatal road accidents last year, 11 per cent were related to vehicles illegally passing others, said Sovanratnak Sao, technical officer on road safety for the World Health Organization in Cambodia.

And buses have been of particular concern in recent years. In 2013, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport issued warnings to four bus companies for having an excessive number of crashes resulting from negligence. And despite promises in the interim to crack down on such fatal accidents, those who ply Cambodia’s roads regularly said that tragedies like Tuesday’s are the result of an inattention to other motorists among drivers that borders on routine….

Sean Teehan and Cheang Sokha

Kids to get schooled on Traffic Law

March 12th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

High school and university students, considered particularly at risk of road accidents, may soon be taking lessons on the new traffic law if a proposal from the Transport Ministry comes to fruition.

Tram Iv Tek, minister of public works and transport, yesterday said that the government would seek to include seminars on the new traffic law in high school and university curriculums after statistics revealed that a tenth of all accidents involve that demographic. …

Sen David

Input floated on traffic law

October 21st, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

A coalition of NGOs are to submit to the National Assembly today a list of recommended additions to the amended traffic law, a draft of which was approved by the Council of Ministers in August.

Road safety advocates hope the amended law, which creates higher fines for drunken driving and mandates that passengers on motorbikes wear helmets, among other measures, will help lower the rate of deaths from traffic accidents from an average of five a day. …

Phak Seangly

Draft law puts high price on drunk driving

August 16th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Drunk drivers could be fined $1000 under a new draft traffic law approved yesterday by The Council of Ministers. The legislation includes a raft of measures aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries on the roads.

Among the draft law’s 92 articles are new fines for motorcycle passengers who ride without a helmet and increased penalties for speeding, driving without a licence and riding a motorbike without a helmet. …

Cheang Sokha

Work starts to bridge Thailand – Cambodia missing link

July 28th, 2014 , Railway Gazette International

A ground-breaking ceremony at Poipet in Cambodia on July 25 marked the start of work to reinstate the cross-border railway to Thailand.

The ceremony was attended by Cambodia’s Deputy Minister for Public Works & Transport Guang Sun and Thailand’s Permanent Secretary for Transport Soithip Traisuth. …

Railway Gazette International News Staff

Transport minister defends self-granted bonuses

July 10th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on Wednesday posted to its website a four-page document giving Public Works and Transport Minister Tram Iv Tek’s response to complaints of corruption within his ministry, including that the minister had awarded himself exorbitant bonuses.

The ACU said in the document that it had received a number of complaints from within the ministry that high-ranking officials, including Mr. Iv Tek, had abused a performance-based bonus system to award themselves large sums of money while disregarding other staff. …

Hul Reaksmey and Alex Willemyns

Vendors with a licence to forge

June 27th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

On the side of a well-trafficked street in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district, a man with a razor blade bends over a small rectangle of sheet metal overlaid with a vinyl stencil.

As letters and numbers are lifted away, the plate begins to take on a familiar appearance – a line of Khmer script at the top, followed by a five-digit numeric sequence below and “RCAF” at the bottom, in a plain, bold font.

After a strafing of white spray paint and a few minutes in the sun, the vinyl is peeled away revealing a standard Royal Cambodian Armed Forces licence plate on the military’s distinctive blue-over-red background. The cost, for any paying customer with an interest in buying it, is $6.25. …

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Road fatalities in Cambodia rise to 1,170 in six months

June 25th, 2014 , Global Post

The number of road fatalities in Cambodia has risen to 1,170 so far this year, up 11 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a latest report by the Interior Ministry’s Public Order Department on Wednesday.

Some 2,600 cases of road accidents have been reported since the start of the year, up 15 percent from the same period last year, the report said. …

Global Post News Staff

By 2020, $9 billion needed for road funding: report

May 28th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia needs $9 billion to be invested into 850 kilometres of roadways by 2020, according to a study by Henan Provincial Communications Planning Survey and Design Institute.

From the Chinese province of Henan, officials from the state-owned engineering institute went to great lengths yesterday to explain that scientific analysis was behind their Cambodia Expressway Development Master Plan, a report delivered to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in Phnom Penh.

“To build and improve a modern transport network, covering the whole nation, connecting every province and city, SEZs, resource-exploitation areas, tourist regions, essential ports, docks, airports and other areas, at first there shall be a scientific development and a reasonable plan,” said Li Qiang, chief engineer at the Henan Provincial Communications Planning Survey and Design Institute. …

Hor Kimsay

Cambodia mulls expressway development from capital to seaport, Vietnam

May 27th, 2014 , Global Post

Cambodia is considering to develop two expressways in order to serve the growing extents of economy and trade, Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Public Works and Transport, said Tuesday.

The first line will be from capital Phnom Penh to coastal Preah Sihanouk province in length of 230 km under the investment of a Chinese company and the second one from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam in the distance of 213 km under the cooperation with Japan. …

Global Post News Staff