THE House transport committee rejected on Friday the referral by President Nicos Anastasiades of the law voted last month for a three-cent cut in the road tax for pick-up trucks and double cabs. The law, that was passed by the House plenum on May 19, provides for a three-cent reduction – from ten to seven […]
By Paula Manoli-Gray
After more fatal road accidents last week, a traffic department official said: “Despite awareness campaigns, efforts by police, stakeholders and the state regarding road awareness, it seems that we only listen and don’t apply.”
It’s a scary, all-too-true statement, and it really makes you wonder what else people need in order to understand that certain rules and laws have been created to keep people safe on roads – not to make them late for work or ruin their fun.
These past few weeks seem to have been particularly bad for road deaths, and reading the reports, the majority include phrases such as: ‘not wearing a seat belt’; ‘ran a red light’; ‘was speeding’, and ‘was over the (alcohol) limit’.
The warning comes ahead of a busy summer season which historically sees a rise in theft from cars and police officers are keen to see that trend bucked.
And like in previous years, the police are once again going to great lengths this summer to warn beachgoers about the dangers of leaving valuables in cars and in full view of passers-by.
Traffic police will be out in force across Cyprus this week as the department kicks-off its fourth anti-speeding clampdown this year.
“We are giving particular emphasis on speeding as it the main cause of fatal traffic accidents and that is why we have organised, this our fourth campaign this year,” said Traffic Police Chief Philippos Papaelias told state radio on Monday morning.
Mini buses carrying cancer patients to treatment facilities will be included in a special vehicle category to enable them to get to their destination faster, it emerged on Friday.
Initially, a request was made for the six buses to be allowed to use the hard shoulder on motorways but both the police and the public works department rejected it citing safety issues.
Public works department official Haris Christodoulou told the House transport committee said use of the emergency lane was prohibited everywhere in the world.
Police representative Philippos Papaelia said he had given instructions to patrol cars and motorcyclists to escort the buses if they happened to be in the area.
The six buses carry around 1,500 a year from around Cyprus to treatment centres in Nicosia.
A solution to the problem was provided by the head of the road transport department, Sotiris Kolettas, who said the six buses can be included as special vehicles in class 90, to allow them to use a blue flashing light, like the one used by emergency services, to avoid traffic lights.
Committee chairman Giorgos Prokopiou gave the authorities 30 days to consult and resolve the matter.
Comment: Another blow to road safety. The trips they make are planned and not an emergency. There cannot be any justification for such a move. Its bad enough that ambulance drivers in Cyprus have appalling driving standards with no concept of the dangers involved in emergency driving. Anyone driving under emergency lights should have appropriate dedicated training to protect themselves and the public.
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