Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chanthol details transport ministry's achievements over past five years

Chanthol details transport ministry's achievements over past five years

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Transport minister Sun Chanthol speaks at a press conference held at the Council of Ministers on October 27. Heng Chivoan

Chanthol details transport ministry's achievements over past five years

In the first six months of this year, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport sold 19,766 personalised and special vehicle number plates, generating revenues of 42 billion riel, or just over $10 million, in total, bolstering its budget for work on projects like drafting its proposed amendments to the road traffic law.

Minister Sun Chanthol revealed the figures at a press conference on the ministry’s achievements of the past five years, held at the Council of Ministers on October 27.

Chanthol said that since the opening up of registrations for personalised plates via an automated system on January 7, 2020, through the end of June this year, the inter-ministerial committee tasked with managing the process has sold 12,278 plates, raking in nearly $22 million.

"In the first six months of this year, the ministry sold 3,271 personalised plates for [$5.55 million] and 16,495 special plates for 19 billion riel [$4.59 million],” he said.

The ministry has also opened heavy truck driver's training centres; launched a pilot system for driving licence point deduction and records of transitional fines for traffic law violations via mobile apps; and distributed 300 POS machines in collaboration with the National Police for taking traffic offenders' fine payments.

Since the launch of registrations for personalised plates, the ministry has cooperated with the National Police to spot the use of forged documents on National Road 1.

It has also installed five public charging kiosks for electric vehicles (EV) – one on the ministry’s premises and four at different locations in the capital and provinces, courtesy of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Other achievements the minister highlighted include the completion of revisions to the sub-decree on speed limits for vehicles; distribution of 100,000 helmets and 3.6 million reflective stickers to motorists; donation of 3,000 road barriers and five speed-trap cameras to the National Police; and the completion of a feasibility study on a metro in the capital by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).

The ministry has also expanded its public service centres to supermarkets in the capital and provinces, increased spot checks and inspections on overloaded vehicles at improved weight stations and constructed more weigh stations with upgraded technology along major roads.

The minister concluded that the ministry has also been expanding the function and scope of the Road Care Mobile App so that it can be better used to report and respond to traffic accidents.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Ream base allegations must end, urges official

    A senior government official urges an end to the allegations and suspicions surrounding the development of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, now that Prime Minister Hun Manet has addressed the issue on the floor of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). Jean-Francois Tain, a geopolitical

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • CP denied registration documents by ministry

    The Ministry of Interior will not reissue registration documents to the Candlelight Party (CP). Following a September 21 meeting between ministry secretary of state Bun Honn and CP representatives, the ministry cited the fact that there is no relevant law which would authorise it to do

  • Manet touches down in Beijing for high-level meetings

    Prime Minister Hun Manet arrived in Beijing on September 14 for his first official visit to China, where he is slated to attend the 20th China-ASEAN Expo and meet other leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping. Upon his arrival, Manet laid a wreath at the Monument

  • Cambodian diaspora laud Manet’s UN Assembly visit

    Members of the Cambodian diaspora are rallying in support of Prime Minister Hun Manet’s forthcoming visit to the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) in the US’ New York City this week. Their move is an apparent response to a recent call by self-exiled former