Further to Michael Hansen’s letter regarding the hindrance that emergency vehicles face, I would also like to voice my concern and dismay at this new phenomena of erecting long concrete dividers on main roads.
These seem to be aimed at ensuring Khmer drivers stay on the correct side of the road (which they should be doing by law anyway). However, in effect, they introduce a whole new range of problems.
Emergency vehicles can get locked into these one-way “chutes”; In some cases they have blocked former cross streets, and now motor scooter drivers are coming down the wrong side of the barriers toward oncoming traffic.
These barriers have only made already bad traffic far worse. When will town planners in Phnom Penh wake up, and where did they actually get these ideas from?
If the police are going to fine people for anything, why not start with the basics of failing to stop at red lights, travelling on the wrong side of the road and not staying within your own lane.
In some ways, whilst not ideal, the lack of adherence to rules actually works on the streets of Phnom Penh. The barriers? Sheer stupidity.
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