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.