LED lights will likely replace all conventional street lights in Cyprus by 2020, way earlier than the global goal which is to have 90 per cent of street lighting in the form of LED lamps, senior manager at the Electricity Authority (EAC) Yiangos Frangoulides has said.
As they are around 80 per cent more efficient than the old lights, replacing the bulbs will not only reduce electricity consumption and thus air pollution, but is also great for maintenance, as LED lights last years longer than fluorescent lights.
Already, more than two-thirds of municipalities have changed the bulbs in their roads or are in the process of doing so. Five major municipalities in Nicosia have done so, with just two to go. Nicosia (centre) and Aglandjia chose to issue private tenders these two are still being reviewed by the tenders authority. Continue reading LED-lighting the way by 2020 – Cyprus Mail→
Police on Friday were searching for an unknown person who shot at motorcycle passengers using an air gun in the early hours at Limassol’s Enaerios area, injuring two persons.
According to police, the shooter was positioned at ground level and shot at passing motorcycles for reasons yet unknown.
The shooter first injured a 21-year-old female passenger on a motorcycle, before injuring a 30-year-old male motorcyclist. Both reportedly went to the hospital not knowing how they were injured until doctors found and removed pellets from their bodies.
Police went to the hospital to take their statements before launching an investigation into the identity of the shooter. Among other things, police said they would be studying surveillance footage from several businesses in the Enaerios area.
Cyprus is among the EU member states with the highest number of passenger cars, standing at just over 600 per 1,000 inhabitants, a newly released Eurostat report says.
It is one of several small countries with high motorisation rates.
First on the list for 2017 is Luxembourg, with 670 passenger cars per 1,000 inhabitants, followed by Italy (625 cars), Finland (617 cars), Malta (613 cars) and Cyprus in fifth place (609 cars).
The report notes that the Luxembourg figure may be influenced by cross-border workers using company cars registered in the country.
In 2017, the highest number of registered passenger cars was recorded in Germany, with 46 million cars. The second was Italy (37 million cars: 2016 data) and third France (32 million cars). Over the five-year period from 2013 to 2017, there was strong growth in the number of registered passenger cars in several member states.
The highest growth over this period was recorded in Slovakia (18 per cent), followed by Czechia and Portugal (both 17 per cent), Estonia (15 per cent), Malta and Hungary (both 14 per cent).
Traffic police will no longer hide behind bushes to catch offending drivers, in line with instructions from their new head, Phileleftheros reported on Tuesday.
It said that Yiannis Georgiou, the new chief of the traffic unit at police headquarter had told a meeting with district traffic police heads that the presence of traffic police on the roads should be ‘evident’, with no officers hiding behind trees and bushes.
Drivers should be aware of the presence of police officers on the roads and know that they could be subject to checks at any time, he said.
Traffic heads were also asked to focus on black spots and on stretches where drivers tend to speed. Traffic police officers will no longer stand at spots where the speed limit suddenly changes so as to ‘trap’ drivers but instead some 500 metres away from where the limit changes, Phileleftheros added.
Instructions were also given to focus on the secondary road network, while traffic police have been told not to pursue young motorists found to be breaking traffic regulations through the streets, but instead to take down their registration numbers and seek them out later.
President Volker Orben spoke at a road safety conference in Cyprus, on Friday
28 June, organised by the delegation of the European Commission in
Cyprus and the Cyprus Police, at the House of the European Union, in Nicosia.
Volker spoke about the mission of TISPOL,
which is responsible for the coordination of activities at a European
level, for the effective and efficient enforcement of traffic legislation
as well as the implementation of road policing, a fundamental model for the
prevention of criminality on the roads, which many European countries –
including the Cyprus Police – adopted during the current decade.
He highlighted the impact Project Edward can
have on casualty reduction and awareness raising – while also stressing the
utmost importance of enforcement in the sector of the respect of traffic
legislation and the prevention of road deaths and serious injuries. In this
respect, he presented the operational results of TISPOL.He stressed that TISPOL
appreciates the fact that the European Commission established in 2018 a new
Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety to halve road deaths by 2030 and he
indicated the importance of the joint cross-border road traffic enforcement operations
organized in cooperation between police bodies.
He explained that the target set by the European
Commission of a 50 per cent reduction in road deaths and serious injuries by
2030 is an important commitment of TISPOL and a key issue, indicating that in
the frame of their daily duties the members of TISPOL are called to exchange
information and best practice on a constant basis, bearing in mind the Valetta
Declaration. He thanked the Cyprus Police for their contribution in the
road safety campaigns, which include enforcement and publicity of the actions
undertaken, especially for speeding, drink and drug driving, distraction
and the non-use of seat belts.
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