According to a news article in today's (February 6, 2007) Cambodia Daily, that is. Kep Chuktema, the Municipal Governor is quoted:
'To guarantee public order and beauty, City Hall would like to advise three-wheel motorbike owners who are carrying all forms of commercial advertisements that they must remove them immediately'.
Beauty? Does the guv want advise on beauty? Barking up the wrong tree.
The article relates that:
'Tuk-tuk drivers may only carry adverts raising public awareness on issues such as bird flu, tuberculosis, AIDS and domestic violence the directive states'.
Could we not include 'poor decision making' (a crucial part of the domestic violence combatting strategy: 'If you hadn't gone drinking...' = poor decision!?) Are these advertisements hereby more beautiful (Crossing Cambodia thinks not)?
The Municipal Traffic Police Chief favours a licensing system and adds:
'Let them [tuk-tuk] have number plates first'.
Yes what about vehicles with no number plates: tendency to be big, well-maintained, fast, flashy, ...
The final question the article touches on is whether a private vehicle has the right to advertise either itself (company, ngo) or another's offerings? Most countries have solved this amicably and in favour of the owner, in Cambodia the politician decides, imposes and forgets after 2-3 months!