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New traffic legislation on the way

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Public works minister Sun Chanthol during the annual road safety meeting on Wednesday. MPWT

New traffic legislation on the way

A complete new set of road traffic laws is expected to be introduced to the parliament later this year after passing through many working groups and reaching Minister of Interior Sar Kheng for final review.

Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol made the announcement during the February 9 annual road safety meeting.

“The draft law has been completed. [Sar Kheng] suggested that if we recommended amendments to over 50 per cent of the existing laws we should draft completely new legislation, so we have done just that.

“We finished our preparation and submitted it to [Sar Kheng] – who is the chairman of the National Road Safety Committee – for his final review before it is submitted to the Council of Ministers, and then the National Assembly and Senate for approval,” Chanthol said.

Chanthol also presented the results of public reporting via the ministry’s “Road Care” app. The programme lets the public report damage to roads directly to the ministry in order for it to be repaired.

He noted that from December 2018 to December 2021, the app had been downloaded 29,057 times.

The ministry had received a total of 5,422 reports, of which 70 per cent had been resolved. The remaining cases were in the process of being repaired, had been integrated into existing plans or had been forwarded to the correct jurisdictional authorities.

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