Vietnam and Cambodia have adjusted a protocol on their Land Transportation Agreement to increase the number of commercial vehicles allowed to travel between the two countries by 100 every year.

The adjustment, made during bilateral talks on land transportation on December 24 in Ho Chi Minh City, also aims at unlimited number of the vehicles in the future.

At the talks, the two sides agreed to continue reviewing the transportation of passengers and listing enterprises, vehicles and transportation forms for better management.

They also pledged to revoke licences of vehicles violating the agreement and the protocol. Besides, they will simplify procedures for cross-border transportation.

Vietnam and Cambodia will boost their coordination with Laos to launch a tripartite memorandum of understanding on land transportation.

Speaking at the talks, Nguyen Van Quyen, deputy head of the Vietnam Road Transportation Administration, said that during the past years, the number of Vietnam’s commercial vehicles crossing the border reached 500, meeting the increasing demand of passenger and goods transportation of both countries and helping consolidate bilateral friendship.

Chan Dara, head of the Cambodian Transportation Department, said the agreement has made significant contributions to the transportation of goods between the two countries.

However, he also pointed out some problems arising during the implementation of the agreement, including those faced by enterprises in establishing their branches.

According to the Vietnam Road Transportation Administration, in 2012, Vietnam granted 903 licences for non-commercial vehicles crossing the Vietnam-Cambodia border. As of December 15, Vietnam licenced 500 vehicles transporting goods and passengers between the two countries.

The Vietnam-Cambodia Land Transportation Agreement was signed in 1998.-VNA