There is a debate running in The Phnom Penh Post concerning the bans and restrictions on tuk-tuks. Yuthira Un (August 4, 2009) focuses on the tuk-tuks, whereas Joel Quenby focuses on the drivers. As an expat living near the riverside, I must strongly endorse Mr Quenby's observations. Too many of the drivers aggressively hassle expats and tourists alike, not only with entreaties to take one to the Killing Fields, but also trying to push drugs and prostitution. Many also deliberately obstruct junctions, making it very difficult for pedestrians to make headway.
Tuk-tuks can certainly play a valuable role in transporting tourists and residents around Phnom Penh, but for me the real need is for the drivers to be educated to act like responsible citizens, rather than tarring the city with an unwholesome image.
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