Road deaths up almost 15%

October 1st, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

A national road safety action plan established in 2011 is severely off target and road deaths could surpass 3,200 by 2020 unless drastic action is taken, the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) warned yesterday.

In total, 2,226 people were killed in 4,645 recorded traffic accidents in 2014, the NRSC reported – an average of more than six deaths per day, and nearly 15 per cent more than 2013. …

Pech Sotheary and Charles Parkinson

Express road to airport in works

September 23rd, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport yesterday announced the start of feasibility studies aimed at building an express elevated toll road that would extend from Phnom Penh’s city centre to the airport by 2021.

Public Works Minister Tram Iv Tek said yesterday that China’s Henan Provincial Communications Planning Survey and Design Institute (HPC) would conduct studies into the viability of three different options for building the road, construction on which would begin next year. …

Chhay Channyda

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