Nowadays, road traffic in Phnom Penh is very busy because it is the place for educational schools, jobs and business activities. Particularly, Phnom Penh is the most important heart of economic zone of Cambodia. People from almost every province throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia were coming to live in the city – Pursuing their higher education and doing businesses. For the last few years, one has noticed that traffic jam is beings becoming the major concerns for whom are living in the city.
What do you think about traffic jam issue? What are the main causes of generating traffic jams in Phnom Penh?
Through working experience and observation of Urban Voice Cambodia team, three main factors that cause traffic jams in Phnom Penh:
The increasing number of people and transportation: These last a few years, number of people living in the city has dramatically increased very quickly because some people come to do business and some others come to continue their educational study. According to the statistic published on the website of Phnom Penh City Hall shows that, numbers of people in Phnom Penh are 1,501,725 (Tuesday, 28-Jan-2014). This huge number of people generate overload vehicle on the streets.
Repairing and constructing the drainage system, road and bridge: Many roads in Phnom Penh are narrow. Some of them are under repairing such the drainage system. Not only that, bridges are also under construction. The continuous processes of road and bridges repairing and constructing are the causes of traffic jams. Furthermore, majority of roads in the city are not divided or separated from each other; for instance, walking side, motor side and car side.
Disobeying of the traffic Laws and circular of city hall: Breaking the traffic laws and the circular of city hall cause traffic accident and traffic jams. Some people are not knowing much about how to obey the traffic laws while traffic policemen are also not committed to appropriate implement the existing traffic laws.
Some people do not obey the traffic light or traffic sign. Some car’s owner parking their car on street side along the road. These are the main causes of traffic jams. Moreover, some restaurants that are running businesses along the roads do not have parking lot for their guests so that their guests’ vehicles to park on the road sides, leading to become narrow roads and traffic jams.
Truly, Traffic jams is the major concern for people because it heavily affects to people’s life in the city.
Therefore, we together should obey the traffic laws and respect each other while traveling on the street in order to reduce traffic jams in our city.