Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Licence deadline extended

Licence deadline extended

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has extended the deadline for tuk-tuk drivers and riders of motorbikes with engine capacity above 125cc to hold valid licences. Hong Menea

Licence deadline extended

The deadline for tuk-tuk drivers and riders of motorbikes with engine capacity above 125cc to hold valid licences or face fines has been pushed to August, a senior official at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport said on Thursday.

Chhoun Voun, director of the General Department of Land Transport at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, told The Post on Thursday that the move will give those needing a licence more time to prepare for the test.

“The ministry has organised driving lessons that focus mainly on driving theory, with those sitting the test needing to understand and memorise articles of the Road Traffic Law and the meaning of traffic signs and road markings,” Voun said.

The decision comes after illiterate tuk-tuk drivers complained of the difficulties they faced passing the theory test, with the delay designed to give them more time to prepare. Many requested the ministry make it far easier for them to pass the theory test.

The ministry last Friday distributed books to the Department of Public Works and Transport and other related organisations in the capital and across Cambodia’s provinces to help tuk-tuk drivers learn the traffic laws and pass the driving test, Voun said.

Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol on April 9 gave the drivers of all tuk-tuk types a three-month grace period in which to obtain a driving licence.

He said 98 per cent of all tuk-tuk drivers “did not have knowledge of the traffic laws and did not hold a licence”.

He warned that after the deadline expired on July 9, the ministry would take measures to strictly enforce the law, with drivers without a valid licence to be fined.

Two weeks after the minister’s announcement, more than 3,000 tuk-tuk drivers had registered for a driving test. However, only just over 1,000 drivers passed the exam.

This is a very low pass rate compared with the ministry’s figure of 30,000 tuk-tuk drivers operating on the road.

Son Ny, 45, a resident in Prek Aeng commune in the capital’s Chbar Ampov district and a tuk-tuk driver operating without a driving licence, told The Post on Thursday that he had registered for a workshop to learn the traffic laws last month.

However, he said he had not applied to take the driving test as he was illiterate.

“I would like to take the driving test to obtain a tuk-tuk driving licence because I work in the transport sector, but I am illiterate so I cannot pass the theory part of the exam. I want [the ministry] to make it easier for me to pass the driving test,” he said.

The ministry’s training workshops and new theory test will include spoken questions to assist those who cannot read and write, Voun said.

Phnom Penh governor Khoung Sreng last week issued a statement on the extension, which will expire on August 17, so all tuk-tuk drivers and riders of motorbikes with a petrol engine exceeding 125cc or an electric motor above 11kw can obtain a driving licence.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has run nine workshops participated in by 6,435 people – 30 per cent of Phnom Penh’s tuk-tuk drivers – the statement added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. Speaking in a