Men arrested in car chase wanted for 16 burglaries – in-cyprus.com

The two men ages 37 and 41 years old who were arrested in the early hours of Monday are wanted for 16 cases of breaking and entering, and theft.

According to police sources the burglaries took place in Limassol between January 11 and July 10, 2017.

The arrest of the two men was dramatic.

Police reports reveal that a police car on patrol spotted just before 2am a suspicious car moving in Limassol. Due to the car resembling the description of the vehicle used in a string of burglary cases, they signaled the driver to stop.

Instead, the driver sped up.

A car chase took place, with the driver being pursued breaking the law multiple times: going through red lights, entering the opposite lane of traffic, reckless driving.

The car was eventually intercepted by the police, who proceeded to arrest the 37 year-old and 41 year-old men.

In the car, various burglary tools were found.

Source: Men arrested in car chase wanted for 16 burglaries – in-cyprus.com

Insurers could penalise young drivers below speed limit | Daily Mail Online

Some insurance providers are comparing a driver’s speed against average speeds of experienced motorists to determine if they’re going too fast, even if it’s much slower than the limit dictates.

They are comparing a new licence holder’s speed against the average speeds of more experienced motorists to determine if they’re travelling too fast – mainly on ‘rural’ A and B roads.

Source: Insurers could penalise young drivers below speed limit | Daily Mail Online

Banks causing traffic chaos in Paphos – in-cyprus.com

Paphos residents with homes near banks have accused branch customers of regularly causing traffic chaos with parking violations.

According to residents, the bank branch customers often block off driveways, park on double-yellow lines or pavements, and create a backlog trying to find somewhere to leave their cars.

The residents say the problem has become worse since after the crisis led to the closure of some branches – prompting some bank branches to either move to different locations or even merge with other branches and bringing a higher volume of customers to specific locations.
Most of the bank branches still in operation are now situated on central and busy roads without adequate parking.

Source: Banks causing traffic chaos in Paphos – in-cyprus.com

Man imprisoned for attacking taxi-driver – Cyprus Mail

By Antonis Michael THE 25-year-old man who was involved in the car crash which killed three people in Kato Polemidia on May 27, was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Limassol District court on Tuesday for attacking and injuring a taxi driver in the Yermasoyia area of Limassol, a few hours before the crash. […]

Source: Man imprisoned for attacking taxi-driver – Cyprus Mail

Underage boy caught driving with his dad – Cyprus Mail

A 14-year old boy was caught driving a car illegallywith his father as passenger, along the Prodromi to Dhrousha road in Paphos on Monday afternoon. Police officers who stopped the car determined that the boy had no driving license nor insurance. Father and son were charged and will appear in court at a later date. […]

Source: Underage boy caught driving with his dad – Cyprus Mail

Passengers escape injury when car goes up in flames after crash  – Cyprus Mail

The fire service was called in on two occasions Saturday night and early Sunday to put out fire on two cars, one of which burst into flames when it crashed. The first incident occurred at around 11.20pm in Limassol between the roundabouts of Mesa Yeitonia and Ayios Athanasios, when a car went up in flames […]

Source: Passengers escape injury when car goes up in flames after crash  – Cyprus Mail

Teenager arrested after dangerous Limassol chase – in-cyprus.com

Police in Limassol were involved in a dangerous car chase late on Wednesday night after teenager attempted to evade officers because he did not have a driving license.

According to investigators, the incident occurred at around 11.30pm when a vehicle – said to have been driven erratically – refused to stop when flagged down by traffic police in Germasogeia.

The driver instead sped off prompting two police patrol cars to give chase. According to witnesses, the car hit dangerous speeds through the streets of Germasogeia and, at one point, almost struck pedestrians after racing through a zebra crossing. He also drove into the opposite lane.

Police first fired warning shots into the air before eventually shooting the tyres of the car, subsequently immobilising the vehicle. The chase had lasted around 15 to 20 minutes.

The driver, said to be a 19-year-old man, was then placed under arrest but is also set to be charged with assault after biting the police officer who tried to handcuff him.

A passenger in the car is also under investigation.

Limassol police say he refused to stop because he did not have a driving license. Police also say that the car had the license plate removed with investigators now looking into the possibility that car may have been used or was going to be used in a crime.

Source: Teenager arrested after dangerous Limassol chase – in-cyprus.com

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Limassol crash – in-cyprus.com

A man from Limassol is in serious condition in hospital after the motorbike he was traveling on collided with a car late on Wednesday night.

According to Traffic Police, the incident occurred at around 10pm on Yiannis Kranidiotis Street. He was rushed to Limassol General Hospital where was placed in intensive care.

Source: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Limassol crash – in-cyprus.com

Cyprus looking to computerise driving theory tests – in-cyprus.com

Driving theory tests at the Road Transport Department (RTD) could soon be conducted on computers by private companies.

There is expressed interest by multiple parties while KEVE (Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry) has already requested to meet with RTD officials to present its own opinions.

The RTD has also publicised its intention to move ahead with a tender for private companies to take over the conducting of theoretical examinations.

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The private company which will take over these examinations and will collect a fee directly from those taking the test. The largest allowed fee will be specified in the bill, and the fee is expected to be significantly lower than that paid today.

According to the draft bill which was put for discussion in parliament, the maximum fee will be €30 of which €3 will go to the government as administrative fees. Furthermore, €4.31 will be collected by the government as VAT, leaving €22.69 per examinee to the private company.

The company which wins the tender must have at least one examination centre in each urban area: Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Paralimni. The examinations will take place in these centres, with the company issuing a certificate and exchanging information with the RTD system.

The RTD is aiming to eventually expand the computer examinations to all driving licence tests including bus drivers and taxi drivers.

The total investment needed to conduct examinations via computers for five years is €2.5 million, or €500,000 annually.

The RTD says that approximately 23,000 driving theory tests for drivers are conducted each year.

In 2015, 23,309 theoretical examinations took place, while in 2016 the number was 23,314.

With the computerised examinations, the RTD’s driving examiners will significantly increase their available time for practical examinations, leading to better service for those looking for dates for their practical examinations.

Source: Cyprus looking to computerise driving theory tests – in-cyprus.com

Motorcyclist clocked doing 232km/h – in-cyprus.com

Police clocked a 28-year-old motorcyclist speeding at a deadly 232km/h on Monday afternoon along the Nicosia-Limassol motorway close to Latsia.

According to a police announcement, the 28-year-old was charged with reckless driving, excessive speeding, driving without a licence and insurance and a host of other violations.

Along with the 28-year-old,  112 people in the Famagusta district were charged for traffic violations during an awareness campaign staged between 1pm and 7pm on Monday afternoon within the framework of efforts by the police to reduce the number of fatal traffic accidents.

Of the 112 warrants issued, two drivers were charged for carrying clubs and knuckle dusters in their cars, 24 were for seatbelt violations, 21 were for traffic sign violations and the remainder were for speeding violations.

At the same time, in Nicosia, within the framework of ‘Road Policing’, a 44-year-old Nicosia resident was found with 73 outstanding warrants by using a mobile automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system and was handed over to the relevant body.

Source: Motorcyclist clocked doing 232km/h – in-cyprus.com