Governor asks City Hall to address traffic jams

Phnom Penh: Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng yesterday urged officials to do more to solve traffic jams plaguing the city.

Speaking at City Hall’s annual congress, Mr Sreng said officials must also address problems such as people disobeying traffic rules and public disorder along sidewalks.

“So this year we want officials to find ways to get more people to follow traffic rules, reduce traffic jams and accidents and curb the destruction of sidewalks in the city,” he said.

Mr Sreng noted that more people are migrating to the capital from provinces to look for jobs and the population increase contributes to traffic jams.

He also praised officials for achievements made last year, such as increasing security and providing public services to residents.

Mr Sreng said that last year, City Hall also worked hard to prepare for the national election and hosted a successful Water Festival.

He added that out of 1,046 crime cases in the city last year, police solved more than 950 cases, a success rate of more than 90 percent.

City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey yesterday said authorities are currently working with development partners to address the traffic congestion problem, noting that public buses are also playing an important role by encouraging people to cut down on using their own transportation.

“There are lots of mechanisms we are working on to cope with the traffic problem,” he said. “It’s important that the drivers must respect the traffic law to prevent traffic accidents.”

On March 2, Phnom Penh Municipality assigned the Department of Public Works and Transport to start free traffic law training courses for all auto rickshaw and tuk-tuk drivers in the capital.

The courses, which will end on May 4, are held every Saturday from 8am to 5pm at the driving license unit on street 598 in Russey Keo district’s Chraing Chamras II commune.

So far, more than 800 tuk-tuk and rickshaw drivers have attended the training.