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    Cambodia: Law passed to tackle road toll

    Law passed to tackle road toll

    6 December 2014

    New limit of two adults, one child per moto; helmets now mandatory for passengers

    After four days of debate, the National Assembly yesterday passed a sweeping new traffic law that for the first time will require motorbike passengers to wear helmets and limit the number of passengers.

    Road safety advocates hope the new law, which replaces one passed in late 2006 and carries stiffer penalties for most offences, will help tackle the Kingdom’s road death toll of an average of six fatalities a day, though questions remain about how well it will be enforced.

    The 92-article law stipulates mandatory helmet use for all motorbike passengers, including all children above the age of three. Under the current law, only drivers are required to wear helmets.

    The new law also aims to tackle the endemic problem of overloaded motorbikes, with a maximum of two adults and one child to be allowed to ride at any one time.



    Drunk drivers are also being targeted. Those caught with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 per cent will face a hefty minimum fine of $200, up from just $6.25 under the current law. They could also be sentenced to between one and six months in prison if convicted.

    Transport Minister Tram Iv Tek said the new law also requires all car passengers to wear seat belts in rural areas – because of the risk posed by speeding on the open roads – but not in the city.

    “We see that 90 per cent of those in the front seat wear seat belts, but when there is a traffic accident, the passengers in the back seat get killed because they don’t wear seat belts,” he told the parliament yesterday.

    The minister also said that it would take some three to six months after the law is approved by the King – it still needs to be rubber-stamped by the Senate – to adequately inform Cambodians about the new restrictions.

    Until then, it won’t be enforced.
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    Another problem i see around SE Asia is partly deflated tyres with 2-3 and more people on a bike.

    That makes them very hard to control and intense concentration and strength needed to avoid going down....which most Asians aren't capable of nor interested in.

    I pulled up at a set of traffic lights earlier in the year with a TG and a big farang on a Yamaha Fino stopped next to me.First thing i noticed was the farang had no helmet on and the second the front tyre of their bike was obviously deflated. With him and her on it was a sure recipe for disaster with a 80k's/hr stretch of road right in front. So i asked him if he spoke English to which he did and i told him about it and he thanked me and we took off.

    So many clueless farangs are willing to trust that these people can do a better job than themselves....no way i'd ever get on the bike with a TG in control after what i've seen and experienced here.

    Road safety on bikes is a bit of a mystery to many not just Asians.
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    ^Good to see some sensible "Minimum" laws being out in place, but the vast majority of road safety is in the hands of the driver/rider.
    And where the hell was Biggles.....?....when you needed him last Saturday....?

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    One of my biggest gripes is all the fricken bikes at night with no tail lights !!

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    ^ yeah agree.

    Night time is a very dangerous time to be riding-driving on poorly/un lit roads here.
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