Metered tuk-tuks making inroads in Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s first fleet of metered tuk-tuks is taking on the capital’s traditional business model for cheap motorised conveyance, where fare prices are usually settled by negotiations and customers often feel they were overcharged. ...

Matthieu de Gaudemar and Hor Kimsay

Union leader re-elected despite deputy’s protest

Vorn Pao was re-elected president on Thursday of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), a labor group comprised mostly of tuk-tuk drivers and moto-dops, in an uncontested ballot after his vice president withdrew from the race over allegations of irregularities. Sok Chhun Oeung, who ...

Ben Sokhean

25 found guilty for roles in garment protests; sentences suspended

Twenty-five unionists, garment workers and bystanders were found guilty by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday for their involvement in three separate garment protest-related cases, but were handed down suspended sentences. The 22 men who had not been bailed ahead of trial were ordered ...

The Cambodia Daily

Garment protest trial defendants deny charges

Defendants in a mass trial of 25 men and teenagers accused of joining a string of violent garment worker protests continued to profess their innocence during the second day of hearings at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday. Twenty-three of the men were arrested in ...

Khy Sovuthy and Eang Mengleng

Twenty-one men detained after strikes seek bail for fifth time

Union activist Vorn Pao and 20 other workers and activists who have been jailed since the violent suppression of garment protests in early January had their request for bail heard for the fifth time on Friday, this time by the Supreme Court. Mr. Pao, the president ...

Khuon Narim

Judges required to explain reasons behind pre-trial detention

Judges are now required to write a reasoned explanation when placing citizens in pre-trial detention, instead of simply checking a box as was previously practiced, Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana said Tuesday. But the Ministry of Justice is also considering amending the criminal procedure code to ...

Lauren Crothers

Rights Groups Want Access to 23 Detained Prisoners

Two human rights groups on Friday appealed to Interior Minister Sar Kheng to intervene after the General Department of Prisons, which is part of the Interior Ministry, refused to allow representatives from their organizations to meet with some of the 23 union activists and protesters ...

Lauren Crothers

‘SolarTuk’ coming in March

Solar-powered tuk-tuks could be rolling off the assembly lines in Phnom Penh as early as March next year, allowing local tuk-tuk drivers a cost-effective and greener alternative to using petrol, according to the company manufacturing the vehicle. Star 8, the Australia-based alternative energy firm behind the ...

Daniel de Carteret and Hor Kimsay

Going home to vote? Expect a hike in travel prices

Voters who travel to cast ballots in the upcoming poll Sunday could face higher transportation fees as drivers and companies try to capitalise on heavier passenger volume. Phan Na, general manager at Phnom Penh Sorya Transportation, which sells bus tickets to several provinces, said fees could ...

Tuk-Tuk Maker Eyes Cambodian Market

Japan-based Terra Motors Corporation viewed Cambodia as a potential market for its electric tuk-tuk, the company’s general manager of overseas sales said yesterday. “We’re thinking of entering the Cambodian market as well. But at this moment, there are no concrete plans. [We] just hope to enter,” ...

City’s Transportation Workers Protest High Gasoline Prices

About 100 tuk-tuk drivers, motorcycle taxi drivers, vendors and other informal transportation workers protested against the high price of gasoline yesterday at the National Assembly, claiming the high petrol prices are cutting into their small profits. Vorn Pao, president of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy ...

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