Police said Thursday, that among a number of other motorists booked for a variety of offences, they had reported a man for smoking in his car in the presence of a child. “Officers from headquarters traffic department’s special motorcycle squad in cooperation with members of the Limassol traffic police and Avdimou’s road accident prevention unit […]
A study by the University of Cyprus law department into how to reduce road accidents concludes that extrajudicial penalties should be harsher but said this on its own was not enough of a deterrent because offending drivers also need to know they will be caught and punished. Suggestions in the study include harsher fines staggered […]
New legislation set to be enforced next year will see doctors facing criminal charges if they falsify health records for senior citizens trying to renew their driving licences.
This is one of the ten measures that the Communications Ministry will be promoting in order to beef up road safety.
Other measures include the introduction of the narcotest in 2017. Tender candidates have already been called upon to supply the necessary equipment.
Another measure to be introduced is road surface lighting while a variety of amendments are set to affect driver’s licences.
A predetermined amount of compulsory driving tests and a compulsory theory test will need to be completed successfully before a candidate attempts to take their driving test. At the same time, the minimum age of obtaining a learner’s driver’s licence will be reduced from the current 17,5 to 17.
Senior citizens will also see procedures change in the way they are able to renew their driver’s licence, with the biggest change affecting doctors who could face criminal charges if they falsify health certificates.
Drastic changes are also in tune for driving schools and the way they operate. A school for driving instructors is set to be created ensuring that instructors are thoroughly trained and certified.
The Public Works Department has also prepared a study for so-called ‘dark spots’, problematic areas where large numbers of accidents have been recorded, where a number of improvements will be made to bolster road safety.
Next year will also see the introduction of car seats in nursery school buses for their students.
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