Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hit-and-run drivers in the crosshairs of point system

Hit-and-run drivers in the crosshairs of point system

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Public works ministry and national police officials meet to establish a system that deducts points from a driver’s licence for road accident offences on June 15. PUBLIC WORKS MINISTRY

Hit-and-run drivers in the crosshairs of point system

The National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) has instructed specialists from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and traffic police to work together to research hit-and-run accidents that cause deaths and implement a system where offenders have points taken from their driver’s licence.

The committee gave the instruction on June 15 during a meeting attended by public works minister Sun Chanthol and National Police chief Neth Savoeun to establish a system that deducts points from a driver’s licence for road accident offences.

Chanthol, who is also NRSC permanent deputy chairman, said that to solve problems related to road accident offences, the ministry is planning to set up a point deduction system but needed the cooperation of police, especially traffic police who enforce road laws.

“The public works ministry enforces the law on people who commit offences, but fines are issued by police officers. What the ministry wants is to work with those officers and learn how many offences police have fined and where offences were committed,” he said.

Chanthol added that many offences had been captured on automatic detection cameras.

Neth Savoeun said that for the work to be effective both sides have to cooperate, and the ministry and police have to study past offences and learn from experience.

He also requested that specialists and information technology experts from the ministry assist in training law enforcement officers in IT focusing on smartphone data management systems and a driver’s licence point deduction mobile app, especially for law enforcement officers on the ground.

“All law enforcement officers on roads should have data systems to record offences on smartphones to collect and manage data safely and efficiently,” Savoeun said.

The programme will be launched early next year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’