The capital’s Public Works and Transport Department yesterday shuttered a further six vehicle modification workshops, this time in Daun Penh district as part of the crack down on the illegal businesses to reduce accidents on the roads.Deputy governor of Daun Penh district Yous Yuthy said that department officials, in cooperation with the local authority, initially identified 42 vehicle modification workshops in the district.
“Among the 42, we found six to be operating illegally and they were consequently shut down. We urge all businesses to seek proper documentation and run their businesses to the required technical standards in order to continue operating,” he said.Deputy director of the department Bopha Phany said that the ministry aims to inspect all 14 districts in the capital to find and close all illegal vehicle modification workshops in the capital.
She said that officials have already inspected two districts – namely Sen Sok and Daun Penh – and are set to resume inspections in a third district shortly.
“Some businesses operate without legal documentation. They run businesses for two or three years before applying in some cases. This is illegal and those businesses will be shut down,” she said.
On August 24, the department and local authorities shuttered 40 illegal modification workshops in Sen Sok district, of the some 110 operating in the area.
The department said that currently that there are 971 vehicle modification workshops in Phnom Penh, with an estimated 390 operating illegally.
On August 27, Minister of Public Works Sun Chanthol urged relevant officials to continue to crack down on illegal vehicle modification workshops to reduce traffic accidents, which he said remains a major cause of accidents on the roads.