Battambang provincial police have impounded 16 motorbikes so far this month for being remodelled with exotic add-ons.
Deputy provincial police chief Chet Vanny said police detained the motorbikes but released the drivers after warning them against repeating the offence.
He said some of the teenage drivers used loud exhaust pipes while others sped on their motorbikes or carried out dangerous manoeuvres on the road, causing a public nuisance.
The riders, aged between 17 and 20, were reprimanded and made to sign an agreement promising to behave themselves before their release.
“We impounded three to four motorbikes per day but did not detain the riders. They brought their parents [to provide reassurance to police] and replaced the exotic add-ons with proper accessories before collecting their motorbikes,” he said.
Chet Vanny said their behaviour disturbed the public and could cause accidents.
“Having exhaust pipes with loud sounds disturbs the public. Our action serves to prevent accidents,” he said without elaborating further.
Battambang provincial police chief Uch Sokhon said police will continue the clampdown.
“We have been enforcing the laws and will continue to do it,” he said.
Yin Mengly, the provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, welcomed the move. He said such measures are needed to maintain security and public order as some teenagers are aggressive and could cause insecurity.
“Such motorcycles make too much noise throughout Battambang town, so the authorities should enforce the law regularly. If they commit wrongdoing, police should fine or educate them,” he said.