Crossing Cambodia

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Passionate Opinions? II

On the opinion section of today's Cambodian Daily (June 20, 2006) a letter to the editor by Oum Ratha of Phnom Penh:
People Should be Encouraged to Drive Less
Traffic accidents, congestion and air pollution are increasing in Phnom Penh and can be attributed to the rapidly increasing number of private cars. Attempts must therefore be made to encourage people to use their cars less and use public transport more.

A couple of comments. Within the big smoke public transport is non-existent. The problems cited are also due to more motorcycles. But the 1,000,000 riel question is how to encourage people to use their cars less (actually this should be dissuade, but let's remain positive). Higher petrol prices, stimulating alternatives (cycling / public transport), no car days, etc, etc. Feasible? Hmmm...
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