Police Crack Down on Foreigners on Rental Motorbikes in Siem Reap

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Re: Police Crack Down on Foreigners on Rental Motorbikes in Siem Reap

Post by RickyBobby » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:53 pm

'Our' Moto was purchased new by me and is registered in my name. I do not always have a rental residence and my visits are of varying duration. I do not work here and have no work permit or retirement visa. Since I have committed to wearing my helmet and have figured out how to drive and when to not use my lights, I never get pulled over anymore. But, I wonder what would happen if I did get pulled over in SR? Would there be any issue? I also wonder about my drivers licence. I just have a regular one, not an international one, or a Cambodian one.
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Re: Police Crack Down on Foreigners on Rental Motorbikes in Siem Reap

Post by TWY » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:29 pm

You get pulled over, just smile and ask what you've done wrong. They'll tell you and tell you how much you owe. Usually 25,000 riel for a variety of infractions (like wrong turn, wrong way, etc) for foreigners (note that for locals its usually a buck or two and if they claim they have no money then they just have to wait for a while and then told to get going - I do believe that for a short period they were trying to enforce helmets and the fine for locals was a it more but that only lasted for about a week).

If you don't have anything beyond a tourist visa then I'd expect if you get pulled over you'll be fined regardless of ownership. They will say tourists can't drive motos in Siem Reap. Perhaps if you speak fluent Khmer you could explain but otherwise you'll pay.

Personally, as long as they aren't asking for more than 10 bucks I wouldn't even bother. I've seen them set up by the bridge going into town on rt 6 (by the circle) and on the road heading out to Angkor Wat. Occasionally, they set up in Sala Komreuk and sometimes by the circle by the Hard Rock. I'm sure there are other favorite places but those are the ones I'm familiar with. Rarely after 5pm (though Tuesday evening around 10pm they were at the circle pulling motos over which surprised me)
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Re: Police Crack Down on Foreigners on Rental Motorbikes in Siem Reap

Post by RickyBobby » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:51 pm

TWY wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:29 pm
You get pulled over, just smile and ask what you've done wrong. They'll tell you and tell you how much you owe. Usually 25,000 riel for a variety of infractions (like wrong turn, wrong way, etc) for foreigners (note that for locals its usually a buck or two and if they claim they have no money then they just have to wait for a while and then told to get going - I do believe that for a short period they were trying to enforce helmets and the fine for locals was a it more but that only lasted for about a week).

If you don't have anything beyond a tourist visa then I'd expect if you get pulled over you'll be fined regardless of ownership. They will say tourists can't drive motos in Siem Reap. Perhaps if you speak fluent Khmer you could explain but otherwise you'll pay.

Personally, as long as they aren't asking for more than 10 bucks I wouldn't even bother. I've seen them set up by the bridge going into town on rt 6 (by the circle) and on the road heading out to Angkor Wat. Occasionally, they set up in Sala Komreuk and sometimes by the circle by the Hard Rock. I'm sure there are other favorite places but those are the ones I'm familiar with. Rarely after 5pm (though Tuesday evening around 10pm they were at the circle pulling motos over which surprised me)
The first time I ever got pulled over was in SNV in 2014, for headlight on My lady was a good negotiator and I only paid a few dollars but they began asking for more. There was a question about the Drivers Licence, but she said I have it but its at home. The conversation was lengthy. We got a receipt.

A few more times I got a no helmet ticket in SR, and it was only a few bucks, and ends up being kind of like a permit to drive without a helmet for a day, because if you get pulled over again, you can just show that ticket you got already, haha.

Since I wear a helmet and seem to know what I am doing now, I never seem to get pulled over anymore. I am surprised to hear that you think $10 is acceptable. I am rarely driving alone, and she would never settle for that.

I feel pretty confident that if I was to show the ownership and my drivers licence it would be totally cool, but one can never be certain. I think if I am visiting and staying in a hotel, I wouldn't say that, I would just give her family residence homestead as my own.

I love that my lady is good with money, and frugal. The other day we were discussing my monthly Netflix membership, and the difference of 2 dollars a month, which she thought was worthy to save. That's cool to me.
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Re: Police Crack Down on Foreigners on Rental Motorbikes in Siem Reap

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:54 am

From what is said here, some expats in Siem Reap have been using their EB visa extension to rent motorbikes and then rent them on to tourists.

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