Dear members of the road safety community,
Cambodia’s Network of NGOs for Road Safety is issuing a joint statement to the Government in response to enforcement of the new Road Traffic Law, which took effect January 2016. The start of enforcement elicited some public criticism, primarily on Facebook and in regards to the cost of licensure, registration, and fines. The Prime Minister swiftly responded to these criticisms by overriding the requirement of licenses for motorcycles 125cc or below, and by ordering the formation of working groups to review the law and its enforcement, as well as public awareness raising efforts.
This is while the country’s road crisis continues to claims at least 6 lives per day and seriously injure 17 more – accounting for over 30 times more deaths than malaria, dengue fever, and landmines/UXOs combined.
Arguing that simple, effective measures can save countless of lives and dollars otherwise lost, the joint statement calls for the Royal Government of Cambodia to:
Signatories of the statement include: AIP Foundation, Advocacy and Policy Institute, Coalition for Road Safety, Global Road Safety Partnership, Handicap International, The Institute for Road Safety, Women’smMedia Centre of Cambodia, and FIA Foundation.
We call upon concerned parties of the wider road safety community to endorse this statement, and help support life-saving enforcement in Cambodia. To do so, please email your name, contact details, and organization’s logo to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support.
Cambodia’s Network of NGOs for Road Safety