A senior official of the National Police said traffic forces in all departments must accept responsibility for maintaining order on the nation’s roads. Their duties include facilitating traffic flow to reduce congestion and conducting regular patrols. They should also be available to escort national and international leaders, when required.

Phnom Penh municipal police chief Sar Thet made the recommendations last weekend while meeting to outline plans for February’s traffic operations. Working outcomes for January were also covered.

“Before leaving for work, all officers should check their appearance to ensure that they are correctly dressed and fit to represent the police force,” he said.

Thet also added that all traffic forces must have a clear division of roles and responsibilities. Equipment should be regularly checked and clear instructions given to all units.

“We must eliminate the ‘handshake’ payments which some officers have accepted in the past. Attention should be paid to enforcing the ban on charcoal tuk-tuks and clothing sellers that Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has ordered for certain streets,” he added.

Thet said that when people committed a driving offense, officers should clearly and calmly explain the offending to the driver. Fines should be administered in accordance with the law. Care must be taken to appear professional and to not argue with the public, particularly intoxicated members.

Meanwhile, the Phnom Penh Autonomous Bus Transportation Authority (CityBus) has called on people to use public transportation to help reduce congestion, traffic accidents and environmental pollution in Phnom Penh.

The call comes after the company added more functionality to the CITY BUS App.

“Recently the app has added new features that reduce travel time and display information on which bus lines are running,” city bus stated.

The app, it said, shows all bus lines available. Users can select a line to view the current locations of buses on that route, and other details. The upgraded version of the app, which it said works faster than the previous one, can be downloaded for free via onelink.to/citybus from both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store (requires iOS 10.0 or later).