DRIVING IN CAMBODIA

For driving in Cambodia, each driver must have a Cambodian driver license.  As to foreign visitors, they may be requested to take the driving test; in some cases, valid driver license from a home country may be sufficed. In spite of the fact that an  International driving permit is not recognized in Cambodia, it is recommended to have an International driving permit as an additional identification document.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road.

  • The minimum driving age to drive vehicle is 18 years and motorcycle - 16.

  • It is only permitted to drive on the left hand side when overtaking or stopping.

  • Drivers and front seat passengers must wear seat belts.

  • It is not required to drive with headlights on during daylight, except for visibility is impaired by heavy rain or fog.

  • In towns with lighting from street lamps, using the high beam is not permitted.

  • Vehicles may be parked along roads on the right hand side in the same direction as traffic flows. On one way roads, cars can be parked on both sides.

  • It is not permitted to park vehicles within 5 meters of junctions on normal roads and within 10 meters of junctions on main boulevards and any roads outside of towns.

  • Parking is not permitted at the entrances or exits of public buildings and private house.

  • It is not permitted to left vehicles on public roads for longer than 72 hours.

  • Pedestrians always have a right of way even if there is not a pedestrian crossing so drivers must stop to allow pedestrians to cross a road safely.

  • Drivers are permitted to sound their horns to inform other road users about danger at daytime only. Sounding horns is prohibited in built up areas after midnight.

  • Motorcyclists must wear helmets.

SPEED LIMITS

The speed limit in built up areas for motorbikes is 30 km/h, for cars 40 km/h. Outside of the built up areas, the maximum speed limit for bikes and cars is 90 km/h. The speed limit for trucks is 60 km/h; if a truck is pulling a trailer, the speed limit is 50 km/h. On motorway, the maximum speed in tows is 60 km/h and 100 km/h outside towns.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING ALONG

  • International Driver’s Permit (IDP

  • Insurance documents

  • You are required to have a warning triangle, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher with you in the car.

  • A road map of Armenia is useful in case you’re in an area without cell phone service.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The most roads in Cambodia are in a poor condition.

  • Drivers should check carefully with the car rental company what insurance is included in the hire.

  • Further to a driver license, each foreign driver should have passport with him/her always when driving.

  • Foreign visitors are advised against driving outside of cities after dark as roads are dark and many cars, cycles, and bicycles drive at night without lights.

  • If a traffic police officer wants to stop a car, he raises his right hand up (or sometimes both) with his palm opened straight towards a vehicle. At night, the traffic police use red light sticks.

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