In Brief: 21 August 2008

In Brief: 21 August 2008

Siem Reap suffers 18-hour net outage

Siem Reap was plunged into yet another of its fairly frequent long-term communication breakdowns mid-afternoon on Monday when Camintel went down for about 18 hours. The company told the Post that the service failed when fibre-optic lines were damaged by construction workers installing a roadside water pipe in Preah Netr Preah district in Banteay Meanchey province near the Thai border. Services were reinstated midmorning on Tuesday, and it was back to business as usual.
Yunn Vann

Police crack down on tag, mirror laws

Traffic police are stopping all unregistered motorcycles and enforcing new side mirror laws in Siem Reap. Sord Nady, the police commissioner of the province, told the Post that no country in the world tolerates vehicles without licence plates, and Cambodia is no different. He said, "We want to maintain safety and public order on Siem Reap roads, so all vehicles, especially motorbikes, must have clear number plates and side mirrors. We will not fine them now, but we will make them understand the laws." Sok Sunlim, the director of the public works and transportation department, estimated that there were about 10,000 cars and 30,000 motorbikes in Siem Reap province. He said that about 80 percent of the motorbikes are without licence plates. "Siem Reap people like to buy no-tax motorbikes and then say they do not understand the law," Sok Sunlim said. "So from now on we will educate them about the new traffic laws and crack down not only on illegal vehicles but especially on the shops that sell these vehicles."



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