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Ministry is Considering Exchanging Old License Plates to Those with QR Codes for Free

PHNOM PENH: The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Senior Minister Sun Chanthol, has confirmed that the Ministry is in discussions with the Ministry of Economy and Finance to change all old license plates to new plates that have QR Codes for free.

Speaking to the media after the opening ceremony of the three-year anniversary celebration on the launch of special number plates in Cambodia, held at Wat Botum Vatey Park on Tuesday, 7 March 2023, Senior Minister Sun Chanthol said, "We are finding a procedure to facilitate, if possible, for citizens to come down and exchange [their old number plates] with QR Code plates for free. We are discussing with the Ministry of Economy and Finance to use a decent budget to change [all old license plates to new plates with QR codes].”

According to the Senior Minister, changing all old license plates to those with QR codes is intended to eliminate the use of fake license plates.

He added that when vehicle owners come to change their old license plates, the Ministry of Public Works will identify an updated address to avoid forgery. He also noted that Cambodia is the only country that puts QR Codes on car and motorcycle license plates.

The Ministry of Public Works began selling special number plates on 7 January 2020. As of 2023, the Ministry has sold 118,052 special number plates and personalized number plates, earning more than US $54 million.

The Senior Minister expects that in 2023, sales of special number plates will increase by more than 5%. He added that some of the revenue collected by the Ministry from the sale of special license plates will be distributed to Kantha Bopha Hospital and the National Children's Hospital.

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