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Phnom Penh authorities clamp down on four heavy vehicle assembly garages

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Por Sen Chey district authorities temporarily shut down four heavy vehicle assembly garages in Samraong Kraom commune on Monday for encroaching on the pavement and failing to comply with other instructions, including by causing public disturbance. Photo supplied

Phnom Penh authorities clamp down on four heavy vehicle assembly garages

Por Sen Chey district authorities have temporarily shut down four heavy vehicle assembly garages in Samraong Kraom commune for encroaching on the pavement and failing to comply with other instructions, including by causing public disturbance.

A Phnom Penh Municipal Hall official warned that any garages that failed to respect the law would be shut down.

Municipal Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey told The Post on Monday: “A great many garages abide by the law, but in certain cases, we have had to close down businesses.

“So there are very few cases left. We received information and closed them immediately. We’ve acted against these offenders and educated the owners. That’s enough for now.

“Those wishing to conduct business by opening a garage, please respect the law and obey other instructions to keep your business legal. If not, there will only be further problems.”

In a Facebook post, the Por Sen Chey district administration said that on Sunday afternoon, district security forces led by deputy district governor Pang Lida temporarily shut down four sites along Win-Win Street in Samraong village after receiving complaints from residents that the garages were affecting their standard of living.

“The forces decided to temporarily suspend the four vehicle assembly garages and impounded their equipment, such as cutting and welding machines and many other tools, at the district hall,” the administration wrote.

Por Sen Chey district governor Hem Darith told The Post on Monday that the heavy vehicle garages were temporarily suspended because the businesses had taken over the pavements on Win-Win Street near the Samraong Kraom railway station.

“I told them not to use the pavements to assemble vehicles or spray paint trucks but they didn’t listen, guessing that I, the district governor, would accept a monthly fee. Please don’t try to stop me. I have impounded the items for 15 days,” Darith said.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall said there were over 800 vehicle repair garages in the capital.

Meas Pheakdey said the authorities have educated business owners on several occasions and would continue to use strong measures to close down offending locations.

“So if there are any law-breaking garages, then the businesses will be shut down,” he said.

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