The Traffic Congestion in Phnom Penh
Posted On : August, 12, 2014 | By សំឡេងទីក្រុង

Everyday people complain about how frustrated they are with the traffic in Phnom Penh. One interesting video produced by RFA has been generating a lot of attention and discussion. The video (released on August 9, 2014) talks about hour-long traffic jams at a corner street – Hanoi and Maida Street near Northbridge School. The video boasts 1,154 “likes” and comments and has been “shared” 335 times so far.

The discussion focuses on a number of traffic issues in Phnom Penh such as:

  • People disobeying the traffic laws
  • The traffic police not executing their duties properly
  • Poor law implementation
  • Police stopping trucks and cars in the middle of the street, which causes traffic jams
  • Most people who have vehicles don’t even have a driving license
  • The absence of police on the streets
  • Traffic lights not working properly (or at all), which creates even more congestion

For example, one man explained how he had been stuck in a traffic jam for about two hours last week while another mentioned that he had spent three hours in traffic at corner of St. 327 and 371.

This is a huge problem that policy makers and government agencies need to address by reinforcing the existing laws and preparing and new plan to decrease traffic congestion in the long-term.

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