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Saloon registrations up 13% in July, Cystat says – Cyprus Business Mail


By Stelios Orphanides

The number of saloon registrations rose an annual 13 per cent in July to 3,061 as a strong increase in registrations of second-hand vehicles offset a strong decline in new car registrations, the statistical service said.

The number of brand-new car registrations fell 8.9 per cent to 1,111 compared with July 2016, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday. Second-hand saloon registrations rose 32 per cent to 1,950.

From January to July, the total number of saloon registrations rose 31 per cent to 21,351 compared with the respective seven-month period last year, Cystat said. Registrations of brand-new cars rose 9.8 per cent to 8,672 while that of used cars rose 50 per cent to 12,679.

Source: Saloon registrations up 13% in July, Cystat says – Cyprus Business Mail

Victim of road accident awarded €500,000 – Cyprus Mail

A 28-year-old man, who lost his right leg and the sight from his right eye in a road accident in January 2017, received €0.5 million as settlement from the insurance company of the man who caused the accident, it emerged on Thursday.

According to local daily Alithia, the Limassol man had been riding his motorcycle when a car, driven by a 70-year-old man, cut him off.

The ensuing crash left the 28-year-old in a three-week coma, with severe injuries to his head and right leg.

 Doctors concluded that the leg damage was irreparable and had to amputate it off just below the kneecap.

The man also lost sight in his right eye and required several operations to treat severe head injuries.

He was in hospital for a total 2.5 months, of which two were in intensive care.[…]

Source: Victim of road accident awarded €500,000 – Cyprus Mail

Over 1,000 phone, traffic light violators charged by police – in-cyprus.com

A total of 1,189 traffic violations were caught by the police in the week of July 31-August 6, 2017, of which 619 involved the use of mobile phone while driving, and 570 were due to drivers running a red light.

The traffic violations were caught in an island-wide police campaign specifically targeted against red light and mobile phone use traffic violations.

In an announcement, the police notes that driving with occupied hands, usually due to using a mobile phone, distracts the mind and is one of the most significant factors worldwide in causing accidents.

Source: Over 1,000 phone, traffic light violators charged by police – in-cyprus.com

Tourists leaving thousands of traffic fines unpaid – Cyprus Mail

Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos called for a change of policy on Tuesday to make sure that tourists are made to pay traffic fines before leaving the island as thousands remain unpaid due to lack of checks.

Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Karousos said that many tourists, mostly young, who rent motorcycles or quad bikes, fail to abide by traffic signs, drive under the influence of alcohol or drive dangerously, often without any consequences.

“They drive dangerously. There are accidents, and they create a negative impression to our visitors through this behaviour,” Karousos said. He added that they also endanger pedestrians.

But offenders, he said, when they get caught, usually fail to pay their fines before departing, resulting in thousands of unpaid tickets each year as there is no control system in place.

“In the Famagusta district alone, last year, there were 3,000 unpaid tickets,” Karousos said.

He said that the details of tourists renting vehicles should be registered with the police and municipality systems so that they can be tracked down and made to pay their fines.

The EU recently introduced a new directive warning that those who commit such traffic offences would be made to pay the fines in their home countries.

Source: Tourists leaving thousands of traffic fines unpaid – Cyprus Mail

Cow killed, man injured in road collision – Cyprus Mail

A 33-year-old Larnaca man was hospitalized on Friday evening after colliding into and killing a loose cow with his motorcycle on the Ayia Anna to Kalo Horio road, police said.

The incident happened at around 11.50pm. Police said the cow was in the left lane, the same one used by the motorcyclist.

Following the collision, which killed the animal, the 33-year-old lost control of the motorcycle and fell on the tarmac.[…]

Source: Cow killed, man injured in road collision – Cyprus Mail

Most Cyprus lorries and buses fail traffic standards – in-cyprus.com

Major traffic police inspections have unveiled that most of the buses and lorries in Cyprus are in violation of traffic regulations

According to the latest figures, one in three lorries that were stopped for inspections were cited for various violations while the situation was more dire for buses which found most of them to have violated a traffic law in one shape or form.

The major campaign between July 24 and 30 in Cyprus was part of a wider European initiative by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL).

A total of 776 heavy vehicles were inspected out of which 305 were cited. A total of 104 inspections were made on buses during which 84 were cited for various violations while 672 lorries were inspected out of which 222 were cited for various violations.

Source: Most Cyprus lorries and buses fail traffic standards – in-cyprus.com

Cyprus pledges to fix deadly road (PICTURES) – in-cyprus.com

The Cyprus government has pledged €60 million to improve a stetch of road leading into Troodos which has claimed the lives of eight people since 2011.

The most recent road fatality along the 11km Astromeritis to Evrychou road occured on Friday and saw 21-year-old Astromeritis resident Pantelis Demou killed when his car overturned.

His death prompted a renewed call for action and the creation of a proper motorway (as opposed to the single carriageway) in the area between Astromeritis and Evrychou and particularly including the perilous 11km stretch between Astromeritis and Atsas.

Communications Minister Marios Demetriades on Tuesday promised residents of the area that he would by the end of this year “instruct the Finance Mnsitry to include the project in the State Budget” for 2019.

Source: Cyprus pledges to fix deadly road (PICTURES) – in-cyprus.com

Welcome expansion to citizen service centres – Cyprus Mail

An additional four citizen service centres will open by January 2018 in Kolossi, Latsia, Limassol and Larnaca, while another one is scheduled to open in Paphos later in 2018, head of the centres Maria Alexandrou said on Wednesday. Eleven years after the operation of the first centre in Nicosia, the institution has evolved significantly in […]

Source: Welcome expansion to citizen service centres – Cyprus Mail

British soldier arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run on Bases – in-cyprus.com

A British soldier has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident on Dhekelia military base in Cyprus that killed 32-year-old Corporal John Fernandez, officials said Tuesday.

“British Forces Cyprus can confirm that a member of the British military has been arrested in connection to the road traffic incident on July 29 which resulted in the death of Corporal John Fernandez,” said a British military statement on Tuesday.

“A thorough investigation is now underway and it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time,” it added.

A British Forces official said that the British soldier was arrested on Monday but give no further details to his identity or whether he would appear in court.

Fernandez, serving on Cyprus, was run down on July 29 while walking within the British military base of Dhekelia near the southern coastal town of Larnaca.

Source: British soldier arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run on Bases – in-cyprus.com

EAC receives its first six electric cars – Cyprus Mail

The Cyprus Electricity Authority (EAC) has received its first six electric cars to add to its fleet which it says will contribute to reducing the country’s carbon emissions by 5.52 tonnes per year, it was announced on Tuesday. The utility also said that it has set up another e-charge station in Limassol, bringing the total […]

Source: EAC receives its first six electric cars – Cyprus Mail