Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Debate rages over current vehicle regulations at ports

Debate rages over current vehicle regulations at ports

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
National Police deputy chief General Hoem Yan said during the press conference yesterday. Heng Chivoan

Debate rages over current vehicle regulations at ports

Senior officials from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and National Police lauded the current regulations on vehicle technical inspections at Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh autonomous ports.

But the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has expressed concern that the regulations negatively affected the garment sector.

Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol barred access to the ports for vehicles which failed the inspection or whose drivers did not have a valid driver’s licence.

GMAC released a statement on Monday calling on the government to temporarily ease restrictions for the Cambodia Trucking Association.

“Many of GMAC’s members have faced long queues when importing raw materials and final products. This has caused financial losses as well as a loss of confidence from their buyers due to their inability to deliver goods on time,” the statement read.

Following a press conference at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Tuesday, GMAC secretary-general Ken Loo told reporters that the inspections had driven a large number of trucking companies from the ports.

He said this has led to a disruption in the transport of goods to and from garment factories.

“It has seriously affected trucking companies. They are afraid of being fined, so they do not accept goods for the factories."

“Factories have to be responsible to their buyers . . . when factories experience losses, who is responsible for it? [Some] factory owners are crying,” he said.

Chhay, the owner of a trucking company, claimed that law enforcement officers often demanded sums of money which were impossible for a large number of drivers to pay.

“Container lorries do not go to the ports because they are afraid of being fined by the police. The police catch every single mistake. They then demand hundreds of dollars. Fining people like this ... this is abusing Cambodians and garment workers,” said Chhay.

Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of state Seng Chhuon told reporters at the press conference that most vehicles complied with technical standards.

He said only a small number of heavy trucks did not comply with technical standards and that some drivers refused to cooperate with the authorities during the inspection which led to disruptions.

He dismissed the allegations of corruption among the authorities.

“Company owners have said that we, the authorities, fine them and take their money. I would like to confirm that we have all of our fines documented, with the amount as listed in the tables.”

National Police deputy chief General Hoem Yan said during the press conference that within 15 days, the ministry had inspected a total of 1,954 trucks at Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville autonomous ports.

He said around 300 trucks, accounting for 11 per cent of the total, had violated regulations and were fined in accordance with the Law on Road Traffic in a transparent manner.

“With regard to the delay in the transport of goods, we try to avoid congestion. We would like to state that the authorities are enforcing the law for everyone’s safety. Neglecting vehicle technical inspections will result in further losses,” he said.

Yan said fines are issued in accordance with the law – from 15,000 to 125,000 riel ($3.75 to $31.25) and 800,000 riel for not having a valid driver’s licence or number plate.

He said the inspections have shown positive results and are able to reduce traffic accidents on the road.

“Some of the criticisms are incorrect. I am going to refute it all,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival draws to close

    Cambodia's 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival wrapped up successfully on November 28 after a four-day run, with the film “Voice of the Night” awarded top prize for 2022. Sum Sithen, the organiser of the short film festival, told The Post that the number of attendees to the