I recently had the misfortune to be involved in a car accident near the airport at
3pm, when a mini-truck decided to overtake me on the inside, sideswiping my
right front wing. No effort was made by the truck driver to stop until I overtook
and forced him to do so.
I approached the driver requesting that he take a look at the damage but he refused
to leave his cab, and when I produced a phone he started to drive off even though
I was standing in front of his vehicle. He forced me out of the way and departed.
All I have is the number plate of the vehicle, and now we are awaiting action of
the Cambodian traffic police to trace the driver, which, in itself, may or may not
The main reason for this letter is that prior to the accident, I found myself on
Norodom Blvd at noon one day killing time, so in the space of 5 minutes, I decided
to count all the cars that did not have number plates or the yellow stickers, not
the most accurate of surveys, as I did not count the total cars that passed,
but in that space of time there were 19 cars without number plates. Which brings
me to my questions.
What does one do when involved in an accident with one of these vehicles and they
don't stop? How are they even allowed on the road?