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Police to launch motorbikes campaign – Cyprus Mail


As part of its efforts to reduce the number of serious traffic accidents the police will on Monday launch a week-long campaign aimed at drivers of motorbikes and scooters, the second so far this year.

Special emphasis will be given to those riders breaking the law, such as those driving dangerously, driving without a licence and not wearing a helmet.

During the period 2015-2017, 47.73 per cent of motorbike riders killed in traffic accidents were not wearing a helmet.
Source: Police to launch motorbikes campaign – Cyprus Mail

Cabinet approves amendments to rules for younger and older drivers – Cyprus Mail

The cabinet on Wednesday approved the granting of learner driving licences at the age of 17 instead of 17.5 under existing legislation to allow them an extra six months to learn before getting a full licence. The aim is to help trainee drivers acquire more experience and further practice “in low-risk conditions before obtaining a […]

Source: Cabinet approves amendments to rules for younger and older drivers – Cyprus Mail

Tougher system for traffic offences in the works – Cyprus Mail

A new, tougher system for traffic offenders is in the works that will increase on-the-spot fines as well as expedite the suspending of driving licenses.

Under legislation drafted by the ministry of justice, the traffic police would notify the Road Transport Department (RTS) when a driver reaches or exceeds 12 penalty points. The director of the RTS will then contact the motorist and inform them that they have five days in which to appeal the suspending of their licence.

If the person does not appeal within the allotted five days, the RTS will proceed with suspending the driver’s licence effective immediately.

Initially, the ministry had proposed that the license be suspended by the police officer issuing the last citation – where the limit of 12 penalty points was reached. However, the attorney-general’s office said this could potentially be unconstitutional and advised that drivers must instead be afforded the opportunity to be first heard prior to suspension.

The tweaks are being made after flaws were discovered in the current system. According to Phileleftheros, there are cases where motorists have accumulated more than 12 points but they are still behind the wheel.

Assistant director of the police traffic department Harris Evripidou told the Cyprus Mail this happens because at present only courts have the power to suspend a driver’s licence.

If, for instance, a traffic offender has accumulated 11 points, once they commit another offence the police officer cannot impose any additional penalty points.

This is because citations also carry a fine; were the driver to pay the fine, it would be as if he or she is settling the traffic violation out-of-court, and this is not possible because drivers must by law appear in court once they reach 12 points.

Therefore in these cases the police officer does not issue a citation, but records the violation and the driver is informed that he or she must appear in court.

In the interim – between the last traffic offence and the court date – the person is able to continue driving.

The court may then decide to impose additional penalty points, impose a fine or order the licence suspended.

The court may also decide, if it has imposed other sanctions, to deduct points or even wipe the slate clean, although it is not obligated to do so.

The upshot is that it is now possible for a person to end up with, say, 15 points on their licence after a court decision. And if the same person later commits another traffic violation, again the police cannot issue a citation or penalty points and the offender goes back to court.

“It’s a paradox, yes, which is why they’re trying to fix it,” said Evripidou.

Under the current system, points are automatically erased three years after the date of the related traffic offence.

The government is additionally preparing other regulations which will provide for stiffer fines – particularly for serious offences such as reckless or negligent driving, or driving under the influence. In some instances the monetary value of these fines will be tripled or quadrupled.

Serious offences, including not wearing a seat belt or traffic light violations, will also carry more penalty points.

Source: Tougher system for traffic offences in the works – Cyprus Mail

One in three trucks found with at least one worn tyre – survey – Cyprus Mail

One in three trucks inspected during a survey was found to have at least one worn tyre with buses not far behind, non-governmental organisation Reaction said on Wednesday. The survey included 619 vehicles whose drivers took part in island-wide inspections carried out by Reaction in cooperation with the police and tyre importers Frangeskides. Reaction said […]

Source: One in three trucks found with at least one worn tyre – survey – Cyprus Mail

Number of important road projects to get underway, MPs hear – Cyprus Mail

By Evie Andreou Transport Minister, Vasiliki Anastasiadou announced on Friday that a number of important projects concerning the road network would get underway this year including the installation on motorways of charging stations for electric cars. Following her first meeting with the House transport committee, Anastasiadou, said she informed members of her ministry’s plans to […]

Source: Number of important road projects to get underway, MPs hear – Cyprus Mail

House to approve driving school for delinquent motorists – Cyprus Mail

Parliament is expected to approve a bill creating a driving school for delinquent motorists, the chairman of the House transport committee said on Thursday. Giorgos Prokopiou said the bill was expected to be approved by the plenum on Friday. The school will be administered by the justice ministry. The law concerns people who have been […]

Source: House to approve driving school for delinquent motorists – Cyprus Mail

Six hundred drivers caught speeding in one day in Larnaca – Cyprus Mail

More than 600 drivers were booked on Thursday by police for speeding during an all-day campaign in the Larnaca district. From 6am until 6pm, traffic police conducted a campaign in the town and district during which 1,116 bookings were made for various traffic offenses, which included 602 for speeding for which fines were issued out of […]

Source: Six hundred drivers caught speeding in one day in Larnaca – Cyprus Mail

Police urge motorists to look out for elderly pedestrians after two accidents – Cyprus Mail

After two accidents involving elderly pedestrians on Tuesday Limassol police chief Ioannis Soteriades cautioned drivers to be careful, especially in the Easter period, when the elderly are likely to visit churches on foot. Particular attentiveness is needed at night, as they usually wear dark clothes, walk slowly and have reduced reflexes, he said. A 77-year-old […]

Source: Police urge motorists to look out for elderly pedestrians after two accidents – Cyprus Mail