Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen orders crackdown on overloaded trucks




Hun Sen orders crackdown on overloaded trucks

Trucks line up at a checkpoint on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula set up to check for overloaded and illegally modified trucks yesterday.
Trucks line up at a checkpoint on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula set up to check for overloaded and illegally modified trucks yesterday. Hong Menea

Hun Sen orders crackdown on overloaded trucks

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday ordered a crackdown on overloaded and modified trucks, threatening to fire officials who let drivers off easy and to imprison drivers who protest.

The prime minister issued the order at the groundbreaking of a bridge in Kampong Cham province, ordering officials to meet with transportation companies starting at midnight.

“I will be observing,” he said. “Do not forget about Hun Sen’s hand. The demotion of provincial governor needs only 24 hours, while that of a district governor needs only 15.”

The premier also scolded drivers who overload or add extensions to their trucks for doing damage to the Kingdom’s roads and bridges.

“Let’s wait for them to come and protest in front of Hun Sen’s house and when they arrive, they will be arrested and sent to Prey Sar prison because it affects people’s lives and the roads,” Hun Sen said.

Road safety consultant Kong Sovann said he agreed with the message but expressed scepticism that the crackdown would change people’s habits.

“We want it to be sustained, rather than just when the prime minister warns about it or to crack down for one or two weeks,” Sovann said. He recommended that the government focus on education for officials about the rules, which he said are poorly understood.

In leaked audio released over the weekend, the premier’s son, Hun Manith, appeared to express annoyance that some officials had begun the crackdown hours early.

“You should pity Samdech,” said Manith, who said he suspected that officials would blame the crackdown on his father. “Do not let them curse Samdech because of our enforcement.”

According to Hun Sen’s Facebook page, as of yesterday more than 150 modified trucks had been “trimmed” of extra parts and another 310 were on the chopping block.

Additional reporting by Daphne Chen

MOST VIEWED

  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped