T he bosses of Phnom Penh's 11,350 cyclo drivers on Aug 19 agreed to upgrade
their men's standards, provide them with uniforms and get them driver training,
according to Phnom Penh's first vice-governor Chea Sophara.
happy to see that you cyclo owners accept my request and I hope you will tell
your employees to comply with this request," he told a meeting of 50 cyclo fleet
Under Phnom Penh's Cyclo Uniform Code, the drivers will start
wearing new khaki uniforms next month and will be required to undrgo basic
training in road safety.
Sophara said that with proper standards, the
presence of cyclo drivers on Phnom Penh streets could become a popular tourist
Cyclo drivers are the bane of many motorists, and there are
many accidents each day on Phnom Penh streets.
Many cyclo drivers are
seasonal workers from the provinces who migrate to the city after rice
harvesting to earn extra cash for their families.