An accessible tuk-tuk?

photo of a tuk tuk driver pushing a person in a wheelchair up the ramp into the back of the tuk tuk.While the government of Cambodia is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, it has not made much, or any, progress on the accessibility front according to an article in the Phnom Penh Post. However, one person has taken matters into his own hands and designed the accessbile tuk-tuk. Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is blind in one eye, claims to have made the rights of people with disability a pet issue, but little has improved. 

Editor’s note: Having taken a ride in a tuk-tuk in Phnom Penh I can vouch for their safety and convenience – and reasonable level of comfort as an ambulant passenger. There are patches of accessibility generally within Phnom Penh, but wheelchair users or people with low vision are still at a major disadvantage unless they have a family member who can transport them to destinations and provide ongoing assistance. Independence is a long way off. But most Cambodians say they are happy now because they don’t have to worry about being killed. Everything is relative. Jane Bringolf, Editor.