Uber starts trial run of ride-hailing service in Phnom Penh

Uber ride-hailing service has launched a “test mode” version of its smartphone application in Phnom Penh, according to a report in The Phnom Penh Post Online on Friday.

The launch will bring a step closer for Uber to become the first international heavyweight to officially operate a ride-hailing service in Cambodia.

A Phnom Penh Post reporter booked a ride in the capital using Uber app on Thursday.

According to the receipt from the ride, Uber charges a base fare of $1 with further charges accordance to the distance and duration of the trip. At the end of the trip, riders have the choice to pay the fare digitally from a bank account connected to the app, or in cash.

A driver told the Post that he had only picked one rider through the Uber application as of Thursday, though the company had only confirmed his status as a registered Uber driver a day earlier.

Uber representatives met with Transport Minister Sun Chanthol and municipal officials in April to discuss the company’s business model and local regulations.

But Cambodia, like many countries, does not have specific law for ride-hailing service.