Speaking of traffic jams, it’s sound strange for me 10 years ago when I came to Phnom Penh for my 1st year at university. At that time, I rarely to see traffic jams, the road was big and not so crowded. At that time you can drive from Phnom Penh to Airport with just only 20 minutes.
But those was 10 years ago. What happen now? Wow! Every roads are crowded, so many cars, termork, motorbikes, and they drives like crazy.
Now traffic jams is the most common see program when you’re stepping down the road. Traffic jams now in Phnom Penh is getting worst. So, why those happens? There are so many reasons, but here are some reasons:
1. Driving behavior: Driving behavior is the most common cause of traffic jams. People are driving without obey the traffic law. They drive fast and try to get to go first if possible. Rermok (tuk tuk), and motorbikes will try to go first if they see possible space that they can go by compromising the risk of getting others hurt or injured. Most of the time, even it is “red” light, they also try to get through and sometime, because of that they make the whole traffic jams. That’s how crazy thing you could see when travel along the roads in Phnom Penh.
2. Doing business on sidewalk: Nearly 100% of sidewalks in Phnom Penh was stolen to run family businesses. Some people takes sidewalk as the of their restaurant, or their garden.
3. Un-ruled parking: Parking is coming problems for people living in Phnom Penh where the space is getting smaller and the number of vehicles are getting more and more. No specific or organized parking lot, the lack of organizing from authorities and using power to park at public place inappropriate is the most common thing you would see.
4. Unfinished road construction: Can you imagine that a road that need to be repaired every time, every year? This is happening in Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh, where the road is tight, small and have to spend 70% of the space for reconstruction or repairing. Two lines road become one single line or even block.