Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister: Release of 229 impounded lorries unprecedented

Minister: Release of 229 impounded lorries unprecedented

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The transport ministry warns that it will continue to strictly enforce weight limit restrictions on vehicles. SPM

Minister: Release of 229 impounded lorries unprecedented

Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said the case of 229 heavy trucks that had violated the law and would be released following an order from Prime Minister Hun Sen was unprecedented, but he reiterated that truck owners must cease overloading trucks as authorities would no longer be lenient.

Speaking at a press conference on the progress of clampdown on and prevention of overloaded trucks, Chanthol said: “It is to strengthen law enforcement and to disseminate the law to transport companies and drivers of heavy trucks who violate the law to stop committing this offence. Samdech Techo Hun Sen also instructed us to stop being lenient,” he said.

He called on the public to respect the law and work with the government to protect national property. He said overloaded trucks damaged roads and caused traffic accidents.

The heavy trucks will be released from October 1-18, once owners have paid the fine.

“For the trucks that have been impounded, the owners must pay the fine before October 18. If they fail to pay, the trucks will be impounded further,” he said, adding that when owners come to retrieve their trucks, they have to sign a letter promising not to repeat the offence.

Chanthol said the ministry has yet to implement an automatic system to trace vehicles that have repeatedly violated the law which would lead to the suspension of driving licences. But the ministry is developing an app for a working group to oversee trucks exceeding load limits.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 28 announced the release of the lorries that were slated to be impounded for one year for violating the law governing load weight limits

The trucks were seized by officials at permanent weighing stations and mobile units.


  • 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,

  • Cambodia's poverty cut in half from 2009 to 2019: World Bank report

    A report published by the World Bank on November 28 states that Cambodia’s national poverty rate fell by almost half between 2009 and 2019, but the Covid-19 pandemic recently reversed some of the poverty reduction progress. Cambodia’s poverty rate dropped from 33.8 to 17.8 per cent over the 10