Police have warned motorists to get their road tax in order ahead of a major clampdown which is set to get underway as of this coming Wednesday.
According to the latest figures from the Road Transport Department, around 104,000 vehicles are currently on Cyprus’ roads without having renewed their road tax and that police will no longer issue warnings but fines. The same figures show that another 68,700 vehicles have been left stranded.
Traffic police say that motorists must sort out their road tax by Tuesday or run the risk of paying a fine on top of their outstanding road tax fee.
Road Transport officials are, meanwhile, bracing for a huge influx of motorists to their relative departments around the island to settle their road tax while around 20,000 cars have even yet to even pass their MOT.
Another 8,500 motorists have also been alerted that their vehicles have not been for their MOT.
The Roads Policing is a modern, international policing method, which effectively contributes to the prevention of road traffic collisions and generally in tackling crime. The Cyprus Police implemented road policing in order to tackle crime and through traffic police checks carried out on the roads.
This method is based on the fact that persons who commit any kind of crimes / offenses are likely to be drivers.
The results of the implementation of road policing nationwide by the members of the Traffic Police in collaboration with other departments and services, for the first half of 2015 are as follows:
| OFFENCES / CASES|
| Illegal Aliens|
| Search Drugs / Controlled drugs|
| Illegal possession of weapons / explosives / offensive organs|
| Swag property / illegal occupation of property|
| Stolen vehicle / unlawful possession of a vehicle / vehicle searched|
| Wanted / searched / Missing Person|
| Possession disintegrator tools|
| Other offenses|
A fatal car crash occurred yesterday in Nicosia, in which eight month old Nefeli Ntantof died.
Around 6.20pm yesterday, on the Kokkinotrimithia – Nicosia highway when the car being driven by the 32-year old mother, left the road and hit the retaining wall, guardrail, traffic sign and railing separating the road and stopped in the right hand lane.
Around 2:15 a.m. Nefeli succumbed to the injuries while hospitalized in the intensive care unit of Makarios Hospital.
from examinations at the scene of the crash, it appears that the driver of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, while the baby was sitting in a special child seat and was attached to the restraint.
Police appealed to any who knows anything about the circumstances causing the accident, contact the Traffic Nicosia by phone 22802083 and 22802023 or the nearest police station, or Line Communications Ombudsman, the phone number 1460.
The Traffic Nicosia investigate what caused the accident.
Around 3.10 yesterday afternoon a police motorcyclist was seriously injured whilst riding a police motorcycle.
The collision occurred at the junction of Rigenis with Vassilis Michailidis, Paphos, and involved a car driven by a 43 year old resident of Paphos.
The drivers of both vehicles were transported by ambulances to Paphos General Hospital where it was discovered that the driver of the car suffered neck contusion and was detained for treatment, while the policeman suffered skull fracture, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage and several bruises and abrasions. His condition is serious.
Members of the Traffic Police, Limassol carried out checks in various parts of the city as part of targeted campaign for the prevention of fatal and serious accidents.
During the campaign there were 90 complaints for speeding, 2 complaints for illegal parking in disabled spaces, 30 offences for various other traffic offecses.
Thirteen drivers were issued warnings.
A total of 152 vehicles and 13 motorcycles and mopeds were tested.
Meanwhile in Paphos members of the Traffic Police arrested two persons driving at 117kph in a 50 kph limit.
In a recent two week period police carried out road checks targeting mopeds/motorcycles in an efforet to reduce road accidents and raise road safety awareness.
The main objectives of the campaign were the prevention of driving without a driver’s licence and insurance certificate, offences relating to illegal conversions of mopeds on motorcycles with the upgrading of the capacity of their engines, also many other offences that endanger the lives of themselves and citizens in General.
During the campaign a total of 394 offences were detected as follows:
- Driving without a helmet – 204
- Without insurance certificate – 38
- Unlicensed driving – 34
- Speeding – 17
- Various other traffic violations – 101
A coordinated operation, which involved Special Unit of Motorcyclists (EOMO) Police Headquarters and members of the Police Stations Episkopi Pachna, Pissouri and Avdimou took place yesterday.
During the campaign, held between the hours of 4pm 8pm, road checks were carried out. They tested 60 vehicles and checked 70 persons. 40 offences were detected, 21 were for speeding.
The transport ministry announced various roadworks on the highways from July 22 to August 4, including weekends.
On Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23 the works will commence on the Nicosia-Larnaca highway from Ayia Varvara junction to the exit for Athienou in both directions consecutively.
From Friday July 24 until Monday July 27 on the Nicosia-Limassol highway works will run from the Kalispera traffic lights to Skarinou bridge in both directions consecutively/, the Hello traffic lights until the bridge Skarinou successively in both directions.
Lastly, from Tuesday July 28 to Tuesday August 4 on the Nicosia highway works will take place towards Kokkinotrimithia from the CINEPLEX lights until the roundabout at Akaki in both directions.
The highways will be closed for around 200 metres at a time and traffic from the fast lanes will be redirected to the slow lanes, the ministry said.
The public works department asks for drivers to show the necessary understanding and to comply with the temporary road signs and the instructions of the police.
MPs have been left stumped after problems that have arisen from a recently-passed drink driving law.
Back in May, parliament shuttled through a bill to reduce the alcohol limited for certain groups of drivers in Cyprus from 22mg/dL per 100ml to 9mg/dL. The law aimed to reduce the number of traffic accidents amongst young people whilst, at the same time, increase the use of public transportation and taxis.
The bill will not affect only young drivers, but also motorcyclists and the professional drivers of trucks, buses, taxis and vehicles carrying dangerous and heavy loads. The legislation essentially bans motorists with only three years driving experience and professional drivers from having more 9mg/dL of alcohol in their system.
It is with regret that we have to inform you that Tatyana Dekhnich, a former member and sponsor of RoADAR Cyprus, was tragically killed in a motorcycle collision yesterday evening on the Drouseia – Polis Road in Paphos District.
RoADAR Cyprus offer their sincere condolences to her family and friends.
She appears to have lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a ditch.
Σε νέο θανατηφόρο τροχαίο δυστύχημα που συνέβη χθες, στην επαρχία Πάφου, έχασε τη ζωή της η Tatyana Dekhnich, 33 ετών, από τη Ρωσία.
Το δυστύχημα συνέβη γύρω στις 5.10μ.μ., στο δρόμο Δρούσειας – Πόλης Χρυσοχούς, όταν κάτω από συνθήκες που διερευνώνται, η 33χρονη έχασε τον έλεγχο της μοτοσικλέτας που οδηγούσε, με αποτέλεσμα να πέσει σε χαντάκι και να προσκρούσει σε μεταλλική πινακίδα.
Η 33χρονη, εκτινάχθηκε από τη μοτοσικλέτα, με αποτέλεσμα να τραυματιστεί. Μεταφέρθηκε με ασθενοφόρο στο Γενικό Νοσοκομείο Πάφου, όπου διαπιστώθηκε ο θάνατός της.
Ο Αστυνομικός Σταθμός Πόλης Χρυσοχούς και η Τροχαία Πάφου διερευνούν τα αίτια του δυστυχήματος.