Is your car very smart? But you aren´t!

I am talking now about cars and roads in our growing cities. It is already common to see many cars and the number is increasing day by day. Then we need roads and bridges and more infrastructure in a busy city like Phnom Penh.

The big number of motorbikes is common to Cambodia. Laws have been enforced in the last months to educate the traffic.

Still there is a new growing and fearful group to be educated on the Cambodian roads…

In the last five years, the number of buses and trucks increased. Accidents caused by those huge vehicles were regular. Then laws were enforced and nowadays you can feel a certain decency from bus and truck drivers.

Nowadays, when I drive, my fear comes from the beautiful smart cars from a growing middle class with the enough funds to spend in expensive and smart vehicles that would be surprising even in Europe.

You suppose that such cars are driven by literate people with the enough culture to lead a motor through the streets of our country. They suppose to have a best formation than bus, truck and motorbike drivers.

It is happening the opposite in Cambodia today: bus, truck and taxi drivers have to attend driving schools, pay for the exam and wait for the official driving license. That is just normal in any civilized country.

But these smart drivers, with the enough funds to buy so expensive cars, just learn at the home of daddy and pay for the driving license without the need to mix with the ordinary people.

The result? If you drive in Cambodia and you meet an expensive car – they are everywhere now, – better take care:

  • When entering a street or road, they do not stop, they just go forward. They do not wait. If you are near to crush them, because they entered without stopping, they do not mind, they do not ask excuses and go their own way… They are the owners of the road.
  • They do not have the smallest idea of what is a traffic light. They even think that a traffic light is a kind of adorn that the municipality put along the streets to beautify the city.
  • It happens that some of them go by the fast lane – in Cambodia nobody understand what is the fast lane and the slow lane. Then it can happen that the luxury car goes slow. You can see the classy drivers talking by phone…!
  • Some of these classy drivers are… children!!!

Well, if I were the major of a city like Sihanoukville, I would remove these classy driving license, send this white collar drivers to a school and start over again.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

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