Cyprus to introduce stricter criteria for older drivers – in-cyprus.com

The Law Office of the Republic is looking over proposed legislation on the tests drivers aged over 70 will need to undergo to be allowed to stay on the road.

Speaking to ACTIVE radio on Friday, Communications Minister Marios Demetriades said the proposed legislation included more frequent checks to ensure elderly drivers fulfilled a

The proposal has become even more timely, the minister noted, in light of Thursday’s hit-and-run incident which has seen a 76-year-old man remanded in custody on suspicion of hitting a cyclist and fleeing the scene. The cyclist, 33-year-old Panagiotis Hadjinikolas from Zakaki, was killed.

The House, Demetriades also revealed is, in addition, reviewing another law on cyclists.

This legislation, he said, aimed to better protect cyclists while also setting out exactly how they should behave on the road.

“This legislation was submitted to the House months ago,” Demetriades said, adding he believed it should be approved as soon as possible “to be able to provide cyclist safety through the law”.

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Source: Cyprus to introduce stricter criteria for older drivers – in-cyprus.com

Four day remand for fatal hit-and-run suspect – in-cyprus.com

The Limassol Court on Friday remanded a pensioner suspected of being the driver in a hit-and-run accident that left a cyclist dead in custody for four days.

According to the police, the vehicle was tracked down and its 76-year-old driver, a Greek Cypriot man, arrested on Thursday. The car, a double-cabin truck, is undergoing tests to confirm it is the same one that hit cyclist Panagiotis Hadjinikolas, 33, from Zakaki.

Hadjinikolas was hit by a car as he was cycling on the main Kantou-Platres road on Thursday. The vehicle’s driver then sped off.

The cyclist’s body was discovered by another motorist at around 6am on Thursday morning.

 

Source: Four day remand for fatal hit-and-run suspect – in-cyprus.com

Cyprus LPG prices way above EU average – Cyprus Mail

Prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are 43 per cent higher in Cyprus than in other EU countries, the House commerce committee heard on Tuesday, only a month after supply became available to the local market.

While EU average prices are €0.55 per litre, the selling price in Cyprus is €0.78 per litre, head of the consumers union Loucas Aristodimou said during the session

Currently, two stations offer LPG, both of which are based in Nicosia and began supplying last month, MPs heard.

 Disy MP Andreas Kyprianou said around 350 vehicles currently use LPG as fuel

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Source: Cyprus LPG prices way above EU average – Cyprus Mail

Motorcyclist dies in accident that leaves his bike in two pieces – Cyprus Mail

A man died early on Thursday morning after an accident which left his motorbike cut in two.
The fatal accident happened shortly after midnight when Dimitris Alexander Mannardak, 25, a resident of Geroskipou, was driving from Geroskipou to Paphos.

At some point he lost control of the bike and collided with a dividing strip on the road to his right. The motorcycle overturned, rolled onto the asphalt and ended up on a roundabout before coming to a stop.

Due to the severity of the crash the vehicle was cut into two.

The 25-year-old driver who was wearing a helmet was initially conscious. He was taken by ambulance to Paphos general hospital where he was diagnosed with multiple fractures and internal bleeding.

Despite having surgery he died at 3.16am.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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Source: Motorcyclist dies in accident that leaves his bike in two pieces – Cyprus Mail

Driver sought after cyclist dies in traffic accident (updated) – Cyprus Mail

Panayiotis Hadjinicolas, the cyclist who was killed in an accident on Thursday morning, the second fatal accident of the day, was discovered by a passing driver around fifteen minutes after the crash that cost him his life.

The cyclist, a resident of Limassol, was travelling on the road from Kantou to Platres when a vehicle hit him from behind at around 6am, thrusting the bike onto a protective rail at the side of the road. The cyclist was thrown into a field next to the street and was killed instantly.

When he was found he was taken by ambulance to Limassol hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

 The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and is being sought by police. The public was asked to contact their nearest police station or call the public hotline 1460 if they know anything about the incident.

 

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Source: Driver sought after cyclist dies in traffic accident (updated) – Cyprus Mail

Cyprus police cracking down on drag racing – in-cyprus.com

Police in Cyprus are stepping up efforts to stop illegal drag racing.

A crack-down in Dali’s industrial area that began late on Sunday and continued into the early hours Monday saw 10 drivers being given citations within less than two hours.

However, what police sources have since revealed is of even greater concern is the large number of people going along to watch the races, with little regard for their personal safety.

The police presence put off many of the people watching in Dali–situated in the Nicosia district–with investigations also underway into whether some may be betting on the races.

Source: Cyprus police cracking down on drag racing – in-cyprus.com

Tourists injured in quad bike accident – Cyprus Mail

Two tourists are in serious condition after being injured when their squad bike overturned on the road from Kathikas to Peyia road on Monday afternoon. Under as yet unknown conditions the driver lost control of the vehicle at around 4.40pm which veered off the road, crashed into a barrier and overturned. The two men were taken to the first aid department of Paphos hospital where they were both diagnosed with leg fractures.

Source: Tourists injured in quad bike accident – Cyprus Mail

Two arrested after pensioner dies in traffic incident – in-cyprus.com

An elderly man, who had been in critical condition after being struck by a car in Limassol on Sunday, has died after succumbing to his serious injuries.

Two people, a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Vasilis Stylianou, 76, had been in intensive care at Limassol General Hospital following the traffic incident on Sunday morning on Vasilios Georgiou A Street in Germasogia.

The pensioner was hit by a car, being driven by a 19-year-old driver and his 20-year-old co-passenger, as he was crossing the road.

He was rushed to hospital where doctors say he died at around 2am on Monday morning.

The 19-year-old man and the 20-year-old woman have both been arrested after it emerged that the 19-year-old did not have a driving license and insurance. The 20-year-old woman has been charged with giving a false testimony.

The car belongs to the 20-year-old woman.

Source: Two arrested after pensioner dies in traffic incident – in-cyprus.com

Driving school for repeat traffic violators – in-cyprus.com

Repeat traffic violators will have the opportunity of dodging criminal procedures if they opt to attend advance road safety driving lessons.

Drivers that have collected 10-12 penalty points on their driver’s licence will be sent to the classroom to attend road behaviour lessons instead of being sent to court, a system which seems to have remarkable results abroad.

The creation of a driver’s training school was passed by the Cabinet in June and will operate under the supervision of the Justice Ministry.

Statistics show that Cypriots are repeat offenders with 200,000 drivers being booked each year for traffic violations.

A typical example of the situation is last Wednesday’s police operation from 20:00 until 03:00 on Thursday morning.

A total of 209 bookings were made, 105 of which were speed violations, 29 for traffic light violations, 33 for using mobile telephones while a stolen motorbike was also recovered.

Traffic violators will follow a specialised series of lessons, prepared by the Justice Ministry, in line with their violations.

The classes are aimed at combatting dangerous road behaviour and to educate violating motorists in correct driving principles and attitudes.

The school will be responsible for conducting specialised courses for traffic violators, conduct practical examinations at the close of lessons. It will issue a relevant certificate of attendance and inform the police and courts of such. Failure to attend or complete a course will be regarded as a violation.

The school will also be responsible for cooperation with educational and other stakeholders in Cyprus and abroad in the promotion of research and the development of new and specialised training programmes and the adoption of good practices based on scientific research.

The classes will be available to persons with court referral following traffic violations, motorists who have had their licences revoked, motorists who have 12 penalty points or more on their driver’s licence and motorists with 10 penalty points on their licence and who volunteer to attend lessons.

The government’s traffic safety strategy includes the introduction of a driver’s education class in Lyceums and a new communications strategy aimed at youth with regards to road safety.

Source: Driving school for repeat traffic violators – in-cyprus.com

Police to launch week-long campaign on using phones while driving – Cyprus Mail

Police said on Sunday they would be conducting a week-long road safety campaign to clamp down on phone use by drivers. The campaign begins on Monday and will run until September 10. “

“As is well known while using a phone results in the driver’s attention being distracted,” an announcement said, adding that such actions greatly contribute to increasing the likelihood of a road traffic collision.

 “At European level, modern surveys show that between 10% and 30% of all road traffic collisions are caused by distracted drivers. Mobile phone use plays a key role in this.”

Source: Police to launch week-long campaign on using phones while driving – Cyprus Mail