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Despite law, Cypriot motorists still excluded from using LPG – Cyprus Business Mail

By Stelios Orphanides Almost six months after the parliament passed a law allowing vehicles to operate on liquid petroleum gas, it is still impossible to buy this type of otherwise cheaper and environmentally friendlierRead More

Source: Despite law, Cypriot motorists still excluded from using LPG – Cyprus Business Mail

Traffic cameras stumble on collection concerns

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A DRAFT bill prepared by the Electromechanical Services Department for the introduction of 110 traffic cameras to capture speed-limit violations has stumbled on who will manage delivery and payment of speeding tickets, a source has told the Cyprus Mail.

According to the source, the bill has been prepared and forwarded to the Legal Service for review. It calls for the purchase of 90 fixed cameras, as well as 20 mobile ones, that will take pictures of speeders and record the violation.

“This is a measure to catch and punish speeding drivers – no seat-belts, no mobile phone use, they will only capture speeding,” the source said.

But the effort appears to stumble on who will undertake delivering the speeding tickets issued by the cameras, with police wanting as little involvement with the operation of the cameras as possible.

As a result of the police’s reluctance to engage, the bill calls for the operation of the cameras by the contractor that will install them.
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Minister advocates law change for death crashes

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Minister of Justice and Public Order: Of particular importance to amend the Penal Code for causing death due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or due to excessive speed
11/18/2015

The proposal Law on the Criminal Code for creation of statutory offense of causing death due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and speeding, which he had put on his tenure as MP and redeposited by the Parliamentary Committee on Legal discussed today the Minister of Justice and Public Order Mr. Ionas Nicolaou, before the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs. Mr. Nicholas stressed that instead of demanding to be cumulative having two root causes driving, recommended the configuration that causes the offense to be fulfilled alternatively where the main cause of the deadly rolling caused either due to excessive speed or due to overuse alcohol or drugs.

Speaking after the debate, Mr. Nicholas said: “I expressed my views on the proposal, which remain the same as when we tabled as a Member. This is extremely important subject. The proposal was drawn up then a result of a tragic automobile accident, when a young person who while he was on the sidewalk, passing driver speeding, and under the influence of alcohol deprived life. Since then, unfortunately, there were other similar incidents, the last of the fatal accident that occurred recently in Limassol, where also guide driving too fast under the influence of alcohol and after drug use, deprived life of a young, of which vehicle was stopped at the traffic lights. In view of these circumstances and the drivers behavior experiences, taking up my duties as Minister, judged as the law proposal changed that, instead of demanding to be cumulative, the existence of two major traffic accidents causing causes, ie the influence of alcohol or drugs and speeding, be configured to the offense be imposed in cases where the main causes there are disjunctive. That is, the punishment for the offense of statutory manslaughter with imprisonment up to 10 years, where it is found that the main cause of the deadly accident was either excessive speed or excessive use of alcohol or drug use. Continue reading Minister advocates law change for death crashes

Roads Policing method yields good results so far

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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
TOTAL
Illegal Aliens
14
Search Drugs / Controlled drugs
37
Illegal possession of weapons / explosives / offensive organs
18
Swag property / illegal occupation of property
4
Stolen vehicle / unlawful possession of a vehicle / vehicle searched
10
Wanted / searched / Missing Person
13
Possession disintegrator tools
4
Other offenses
121
Total
221

New traffic law runs into problems

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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.

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