A" professional association" for the country's cyclo and moto-taxi drivers
has been set up to improve their welfare and driving skills.
The Cambodia Conductors' Association (CCA) aims to help drivers, especially those
coming from Ta Keo, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Kompong Speu provinces where harvests
have been poor.
The CCA also plans to provide accomodation for many drivers who sleep on the streets
It also hopes to teach its members about the country's new traffic regulations and
keep them up-dated on the change of street names.
The CCA also wants to see more cyclos of the type designed in the 1960s with sidelights
and special low bumpers to minimize the damage to motorcars and pedestrians.
The association, or club as it describes itself, was initiated by H.E. Truong Mealy,
Chief of Cabinet at the Royal Palace, and businessman Keo Chamreon who provided the
office space and financial backing.
They have done this from their generous hearts said the CCA's vice president, Chea
A survey carried out by the CCA showed between 7,000 and 8,000 cyclos and 6,000 to
7,000 moto-taxis to be operating on the capital's streets.
So far, 250 cyclo-drivers and 320 moto-taxi drivers have joined the club and around
ten to 15 drivers arrive at the office seeking membership each day.
The club has also set up a canteen adjacent to its office where it charges 900 riel
per meal but double for non-members. It hopes to set up other canteens at diferent
markets around the city.
Chea Savonn hopes that once it can arrange this first stage, the club will open up
to taxi drivers with cars.
The CCA is also calling on NGOs and other international bodies to help in their work.
The CCA is located at Street 503, Phnom Penh. Tel: 60035.