Road accidents fell 20 per cent between 2010 and 2020 in Cyprus, data released by the statistical service (Cystat) said on Wednesday.
According to an infographic on road transport and road accidents published in Cystat’s website the number of people killed on the roads fell by 20 per cent, from 60 in 2010 to 48 in 2020.
Even though two-wheelers constitute only 5.3 per cent of all licensed vehicles, they accounted for 31.3 per cent the fatalities in 2020.
At the same time, people over 60 years of age made up 45.8 per cent of those killed in 2020.
According to Cystat the registrations of motor vehicles during the period 2010-2020 ranged between 18,567 in 2013 and 49,450 in 2018.
The share of new vehicles in total registrations shows a downward trend. New vehicles constituted 38.03 per cent of total registrations in 2020 compared to 50.86 per cent in 2010.
In 2010 registrations of hybrid vehicles constituted only 0.43 per cent of total registrations whereas in 2020 this share reached 5.96 per cent.
The proportion of registrations of gasoline vehicles has dropped, while the proportion of diesel vehicles has increased.
In particular, in 2020 registrations of gasoline vehicles constituted 48.52 per cent of the total and of diesel vehicles 44.84 per cent, compared to 68.90 per cent and 30.64 per cent respectively in 2010.
The most common colour of motor vehicles registered in 2020 was white (35.24 per cent).
The number of licensed vehicles in 2020 was 759,268, of which 578,158 were passenger saloon cars.
Also, the average age of licensed passenger cars in 2020 was 13.2 years.
The transport ministry has signed a contract to upgrade a section of the old road from Paphos to Limassol near Petra tou Romiou, it announced on Thursday.
According to the contract which was signed by the public works department and Lambrou and Poutziouris construction company a 200-metre stretch of the road will be under construction for five months, starting from mid-May, at a cost of €740,000.
The project includes the erection of electricity poles, the construction of a retaining wall on the north side of the road, laying asphalt – preparing the sub base and installing a new surface – and work on a rainwater management system.
Tourists will be able to move around without sending an SMS, just with a special form, but they are not exempt from the measures that apply for everyone else, an official within the tourism industry clarified on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day a source had said the form would allow tourists to move around freely from 6am to 11pm with a form, called ‘declaration of movement’ to be provided by their travel agents or the hotels they are staying in as confirmation to be allowed to go out.
Director General of Cyprus Hotel Association (Pasyxe) Philokypros Roussounides clarified later in the day that the form will be given only in cases where tourists are unable to send an SMS, but they too will be subject to the restriction of two outings per day.
At the moment, residents are allowed only two outings per day up to three hours each and three on weekends. To do so they must obtain permission by sending an SMS to 8998.
Though people with a foreign mobile telephony provider may call a number for permission to go out, Roussounides said the introduction of the form was decided because there might be technical difficulties in having tourists sending SMSs.
The document will be used in the place of the SMS, in cases tourists are not able to send an SMS, he said.
Roussounides clarified that the form will be used to justify tourists’ outings and that they too are restricted to two outings per day.