Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng has asked owners of container trucks, cement trucks and other heavily loaded vehicles to cease use of three main roads in the capital in a bid to ease congestion.
On Friday, Mr Sreng met with three hundred drivers of buses and heavy trucks to discuss the measures to prevent traffic accidents and ease congestion, according to local media.
“I was almost in tears when I saw a container truck driving on the main road and this act should never happen,” local media quoted Mr Sreng as saying during the meeting.
“From now on, the Phnom Penh authority will not allow container trucks, cement mixer trucks, soil transporting trucks, and other heavy trucks to drive on Sisowath, Preah Monivong and Preah Sihanouk.”
Mr Sreng added that warnings will be issued to companies that do not heed the directive, followed by legal action.
Mean Chanyada, deputy governor, could not be reached for comment yesterday. City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey declined to comment.
Similar directives were issued by former governor Pa Socheatavong, banning heavily loaded trucks from the city’s main roads during rush hours. But the directives were never effective.
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network of Social Accountability, said he was not optimistic that this directive would have better results.
“I welcome the move, but I am concerned about the law enforcement officers enforcing the law because the owners of those truck companies are rich and powerful and can bypass the directive,” he said.