The pilot demerit system starts well
The driving disqualification system is off to a good start and is almost a week old since it came into force on September 1 to tighten traffic laws and reduce the number of traffic accidents on the roads.
Director of the Ministry of Works and Transport Secretariat Taing Pov said yesterday that the system is now working nationwide and police are stationed in many places across the country to catch offenders, especially at points hot from traffic accidents.
“The system is still in the initial start-up phase, but it’s working great,” Pov said.
Road Safety Department Director Prum Vantha told traffic police yesterday
across the country are implementing the driving disqualification system and early indications are that a growing number of people are obeying traffic rules and regulations, especially since the department announced the deduction of points from licenses and driver’s or driver’s fine.
“Drivers have 12 points and for every traffic violation points are deducted until none are left and then the license cannot be used,” Vantha said.
If the driver has lost all the points and wishes to recover them, the driver must take a short course to improve his knowledge of the rules of the road. After the course, they cannot break traffic laws for three years.
Kampong Speu province is a hotspot for traffic accidents as many trucks packed with garment workers criss-cross the roads along with the heavy volume of traffic passing through the province. It is now a place where many traffic cops are deployed to catch drivers who break traffic laws.
Kampong Speu provincial police deputy chief Brigadier General Tap Lorn said yesterday that the police were working every day to deduct points from driving licenses belonging to drivers who break traffic laws.
“Drivers are afraid of losing points because we can see that the number of offenders is decreasing and drivers are paying attention to the rules of the road, which is a positive effect of the incapacity to drive system”,
He added that the system is working well and is fully supported by people across the country as everyone wants safer road conditions.
- Key words: traffic accidents, rules of the road