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Police issue final road tax warning

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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.

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Vehicle Insurance

Insurance Certificate

All motor vehicles being driven on the road in Cyprus must be insured for third party risks as a minimum. Motor vehicles towing trailers must have extra insurance.

Cars:

It is possible to obtain the added protection for fire and theft or fully comprehensive insurance. Breakdown cover is often included.

As in the UK there are differences in cost and cover between companies. I suggest you get at least a couple of quotes.

Because you have comprehensive insurance do not assume you are are able to drive another vehicle not owned by you. This often not the case in Cyprus.
Read the conditions of your policy.

Trailers.

If you intend to tow a trailer of any sort your insurance must specify on the certificate that you are insured to tow a trailer.
Trailers in Cyprus must be registered.

Motorcycles.

Insurance companies will normally only cover third party risks, although it is sometimes possible to obtain comprehensive insurance if you are a good risk, for example if you have advanced riding qualifications.

Car or Motorcycle Test.

If you intend to take a driving or riding test in a non driving school vehicle, special insurance is required. This is an extra insurance which specifically covers your use of the vehicle on the day of the test and for the purpose of taking the driving test.

Rejected Risks.

Any driver, who applies for insurance and is rejected by three Insurance Companies, may apply to the Motor Insurers’ Fund by submitting certificates of rejection from those Companies.

The MIF will then forward the application to all insurance companies, which will decide whether they are willing to consider the issue of insurance cover. Insurance companies have an obligation to respond positively or negatively, within 48 hours of receipt of the request, by e-mail.

If the MIF receives one or more positive responses, it will refer the applicant to the companies that responded positively. Otherwise, the applicant will be referred to the “Cyprus Hire & Rejected Risks Pool”, certified by the MIF as a “Rejected Risk”.

Details can be found at the Motor Insurers’ Fund website.

The MIF will, under specific circumstances, also covers uninsured vehicles, unidentified vehicles and vehicles insured with insurance companies which are under liquidation.

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Change Ownership of Vehicle

Paphos DoRT

Form TOM 9 has to be completed.

You can download a printable form TOM 9 in Greek for completion pdf here.

Take the completed form to a Department of Road Transport Office or a Citizens Service Center in person or by proxy.

  • With the registration document (logbook)
  • a valid certificate of insurance for the current owner
  • and the new owner.
  • the fee of €8.54.The Muktar or Certifying Officer will charge a nominal fee for certification of both seller and buyers signatures.However, if both parties are present, with identification documents, certification can be done at the Department of Road Transport Office or a Citizens Service Center by one of their officers.A number of companies exist that will carry out all of the work for you for a fee.

Note: You may be asked if you own any other vehicles. If you have you will be required to produce the registration (log) books for all of the vehicles.

Change of Ownership by Proxy

The above documents must be taken along with an authorization (power of attorney) from the owner giving permission for another to sell the vehicle.

The authorization must be properly signed and stamped by a Cyprus Certifying Officer.

If the owner is in another Country then the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in that country has to certify the authorization (power of attorney).

Contact them for instructions. In the UK it is likely that you may be instructed to have the authorization (power of attorney) signed and stamped by a Notary Public and then sent to the Embassy for verification. They will then add their stamp to the document.

You should however check with them at Tel.: +44 (0) 2073214-101/102/103/104, Fax: +44 (0) 2073214-160/165, E-mail : cyprusconsulate@btconnect.com, to ascertain the current procedure.

Change of ownership must be notified to the Department of Transport within 30 days by the buyer and the seller. To fail to comply is an offence.

To change the address of the registered owner of a vehicle:

Take the registration document (logbook) and a note of the new address to your local DoRT or CSC office. They will update the details on the computer.

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Road Tax – Circulation Licence

Road Tax

A circulation licence is required to drive a vehicle on a public road. There is the option to buy a licence that is valid for 6 or 12 months.

When to renew your road tax

Road tax can be renewed from the end of the first week of January until a date around the middle of March each year without penalty. Historically the cutoff date has often been extended. Any changes are published locally and on this facebook page.

From the March cutoff date the police will prosecute. After the grace period a fine of €10 + 10% of the rate of tax for the vehicle will be levied on renewal. If the tax is not renewed for a full year, further penalties apply.

Paying by Installments

Road tax can be paid in monthly installments on application. Failure to keep up the payments will result in revocation of the licence. Road Tax arrears can also be paid in installments.
Application can be made through the Department Website. It will require that you register.

Road tax can also be paid in instalments of three, six and nine months, as well as the full twelve months. This can be done  through the methods outlined below.

A circulation licence cannot be renewed if the vehicle requires, but does not have, a current Biennial Vehicle Inspection Certificate (MOT). This information is logged on the DoRT database. If the MOT expires during the currency of the circulation licence, and is not renewed, the circulation licence becomes invalid and you are likely to be prosecuted for both offences.

Do Not Display Any Tax Disc
As of the 12th of March, 2010, the writing, attaching or displaying of any object on the windscreen of a vehicle is prohibited. This includes tax discs.

How to renew your Road Tax

Renewal online.

You will be required to log on or register with JCCsmart.com with your email and a password. The site is in Greek and English. Go to JCCsmart.com (opens in new window).

  • You will require the following details:
  • Registration Document (Log Book).
  • Credit card.
  • The owners’ reference number is the last three digits of your ID, Alien Card or Passport number. This is the one shown on owner section of the logbook for that vehicle under I.C. No. or [C.9] on the newer Greek language log books.

Insurance certificate may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.

Renewal at the Bank of Cyprus, the Co-Op and other commercial banks, District Post Offices and Citizens Service Centers.

You do not need to have an account with the bank.

You will require:

  • Cash for the sum required.
  • Registration Document (Log Book).
  • The last three digits of your ID, Alien Card or Passport number. This is the one shown on the logbook.
  • Insurance certificate may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.
Renew at Department of Transport Offices.

You can apply at the local Department of Road Transport.

You will require:

  • The application form TOM 8
  • Cash for the sum required.
  • Registration Document (Log Book).
  • Insurance certificate may be required if cover commenced recently and has not yet been entered onto the database.

The application form TOM 8 is sometimes available in English. You can download a printable form TOM 8 for completion and an English translation of the Greek form pdfhere.

If your vehicle is going to be off the road. (S.O.R.N.)

If you are not going to use your car, going to the UK on an extended stay for example, you can obtain a rebate of some of the road tax unused during your absence or delay having to renew your road tax.

Before you go away,

Or as soon as the vehicle is off the road, fill in a form TOM 12 and take it with your log book to the Department of Transport Offices or Citizen Service Centers.
You will have to nominate a place, off the road, where it will be kept during your absence so that it can be inspected.

I have been informed of a change in procedure in that;
You should now take your bank IBAN number with you as any refund  is paid directly into your account. On your return re-tax the vehicle.

The notification cannot be backdated and is similar to the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) in the UK.

You can download a printable form TOM 12 for completion and an English translation of form pdfhere.

Rates of Road Tax on vehicles registered in Cyprus prior to 1st January 2014.

The general rates shown below apply to cars and small car derived vans and run for 12 months from January to December.

There is also an option to pay for half a year at proportionately slightly increased rates.

To work out the rate for your vehicle, multiply the engine size of the vehicle (cc) by the € rate in the engine category into which it falls.

Tax rates for vehicles registered prior to 2014

Engine Capacity (cc)Up to 14501451 – 16501651 – 20502051 – 22502251 – 26502651 and more
€ per cc€0.04272€0.05980€0.11960€0.14523€0.19649€0.19649
Cost will be in the range
Private Car€10 – 62€87 – 99€198 – 246€297 – 326€443 – 521€521  +
Van€10 – 62€87 – 99€198 – 246€297 – 299€299€299
Double Cab
(Prior to 2014 only)
€10 – 27€39 – 44€89 – 111€133 – 147€198 – 234€234 – 299

Motorcycles between 1 and 1450 cc are charged €0.04272 per cc and will be in the range €10 – €62.

Any reductions including those with regard to CO2 emissions for vehicles registered prior to 2014 are shown in the pdf file numbered 3. below.

1. For a full list of Road Tax rates for vehicles registered prior to 2014pdf click here.

2. For a full list of Road Tax rates for vehicles registered prior to 2014 in Greek pdf click here.

3. Road Tax calculations on saloon vehicles registered prior to 2014 – It includes any reduction for CO2 emissions prior to 1st January 2014. It is out of date regarding Registration Fees. pdfClick here.

For 2014 the fee is calculated at 2013 rates shown above PLUS a special fee.

For vehicles, including motorcycles, the special fee is
€12 for engine size up to 2050cc with CO2 emissions which are up to and including 100g/km,
€22 for vehicles with greater emissions and engine displacements up to 2050 cc,
€32 for vehicles with engine displacements more than 2050 cc.

Pick-up trucks and larger vans.

Vehicles designed do carry goods with a gross weight of less than 3501, that is pick-up trucks and larger vans, the way the tax is calculated has changed. It is now calculated at .05 cents per cc up to 1650cc and .10 cents for 1651cc and above plus the appropriate special fee in each case. A cap of €299 has been reinstated. Those that have paid over that sum will be refunded the difference.

Vehicles first registered in Cyprus from 1st January 2014 will be charged road tax based on CO2 emissions.

The new road tax will be charged as at the following rates:
vehicles emitting 120g/km, €0.5 per gramme,
121g/km – 150g/km, €3,
151g/km – 180g/km, €3,
over 180g/km, €8.

Road Tax Calculator for vehicles registered after 1st January 2014.

To calculate the road tax for your vehicle you can use the excel calculator here. Enter the CO2 emissions in the white box and it multiplies the figure in the top yellow box by the applicable € figure (.5, 3 or 8,) for a years tax, or use the figure in the bottom yellow box for 6 months tax.

Road Tax changes in 2014 including the special fee in Greek pdf click here.

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Biennial Vehicle Inspection (MOT or Roadworthiness Test)

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If a vehicle is FOUR years old it is required to be tested every two years.

The vehicle inspection is similar to the MOT test in the UK and is carried out at authorized garages. The test is computerized and takes about 30 minutes.

The test covers:

  • exhaust emissions
  • brakes
  • suspension
  • steering
  • a visual check of lights, tyres, brake pipes etc.

You will not be able to renew your Road Tax without the vehicle passing the test.

The Procedure.
If your vehicle is properly registered and the Department of Transport has your current address, and you have failed to submit the vehicle for testing, you may receive a notification, in Greek, that the test was due.

The form includes information on the current fees and the date by which the test must be carried out. It may be a month or so after the anniversary of first registration.

You will be given a limited time in which to comply with the requirement.

It has been proposed that a text message may be sent to the owner prior to the test becoming due.

If you do not receive notification, you should go through the same procedure. Non receipt of the reminder will not let you off the hook should it come to a prosecution.

Take the vehicle registration document and the fee (currently €35.25) to a testing station authorized to carry out the test.

If a vehicle fails the test a temporary certificate is issued which allows 30 days to rectify the faullts.

The re-test fee is €10.

The result is entered on the DoRT database immediately and a certificate is issued. The certificate is valid for TWO years from the date of issue.

Pass Certificate

If your vehicle does not have a valid vehicle test certificate the road tax becomes invalid. You are likely to be prosecuted for both offences.
Insurance companies may refuse to cover damages to the vehicle if the driver of such a vehicle is involved in an accident.

Information regarding Cyprus tyre law is available on this site.

To download detailed information on the MOT Test with a rough English translation click here.

Currently motorcycles are not being tested.
However the law is in place (from the 6th July 2012) to test:

  • Motorcycles
  • Tricycles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Motor vehicles hired without drivers

Under the amendments to the legislation the above categories of motor vehicles will be invited to undergo inspection at a time to be decided by the Commissioner.

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