Category Archives: Police Law & Enforcement

Cyprus Traffic enforcement cameras

If you are caught on committing an offence on the enforcement cameras you can access the photograph at this site.

The site is in Greek and English.

You will be required to login using the details on the offence notification.

Drink Driving

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How much can I drink and stay under the limit?

There is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit. It depends on:

  1. your weight
  2. your gender
  3. your metabolism
  4. what you are drinking
  5. how much you are drinking
  6. your current stress levels
  7. whether you’ve eaten recently
  8. your age

Drink driving in Cyprus.

High risk groups of drivers in Cyprus have a  limit of 9 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath (20 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood).

High risk groups:

  1. Novice drivers
  2. motorcycles,
  3. trucks
  4. buses
  5. taxis
  6. vehicles transporting hazardous cargoes

The limit for most drivers.
The limit is lower than England and Wales and the same as Scotland at 22 micrograms per 100 ml of breath (50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood).

  1. The reading from 23 to 35 micrograms – fine €100 – 0 – 2 penalty points
  2. reading 36 to 55 micrograms -fine €200 – 2 – 4 penalty points
  3. reading 56 to 70 micrograms – fine €300 – 3 – 6 penalty points
  4. Over 71 micrograms – Prison or fine between €150 – €400 will be determined by the court – 3 – 6 penalty points
  5. Drunk in charge of a vehicle. Determined by the court

Police Traffic Patrol and Enforcement

Police Badge

Police Blue Lights

blue light The Cyprus Police have been driving with their blue lights illuminated while on normal patrol. The policy has now changed because of the road safety implications. However there may be those who continue to use them in error.

Cyprus Police Traffic Patrols

Cyprus police car Αστυνομία Κύπρου operate regular traffic patrols and static checks to enforce traffic law. They have modern speed enforcement equipment and carry out regular speed checks.

Sovereign Base Area Police

SBA Police operate similar patrols within their jurisdiction, which is on the British Bases and surrounding areas.

Both forces are especially vigilant regarding excess speed on the Highway.

The Department of Road Transport Police Special Constables

The Department have a number of employees who are appointed as Police Special Constables. They wear Police uniform with insignia denoting they are from the department. They carry out road checks in their own right, mainly for document and construction and use offences.

Municipal Police

Most Municipalities employ their own uniformed police to enforce local bye-laws, traffic offences and parking.

Offence Targeting

target Police have a policy of targeting a different offence each month.

Drink Driving

drink The limit is lower than the UK.
The limit in Cyprus is 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath.
There are several mobile substantive breath test devices in Cyprus. These give the readout that is used in court.

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If you have a reading between 25 and 39 you will be detained until a responsible person is able to drive you and your vehicle away from the scene or Police Station. You will then be fined or taken to court. Offences, Fines and Points.

Speed and Traffic Cameras

camsign The speed and traffic camera system was deactivated on 21st September 2007. It would appear that several problems have been encountered in replacing them. It is not anticipated that the will be a speed camera system on the roads of Cyprus for the foreseeable future.

Fixed Penalty Tickets

police Many offences are dealt with by way of fixed penalty ticket with a fine. They have introduced a hand held, centrally controlled, computer system for issuing the tickets. Those who refuse a ticket will be reported and a summons to court will follow. Fines are not collected by the officer at the roadside. See – Offences, Fines and Points.

Hand Held Computer and Printer

If you are a visitor, the points don’t effect you at present, but you should be aware that the EU, is currently trying to introduce an EU driving licence and make certain of the more serious traffic offences prosecutable across its borders. It may take some time to get agreement.

Payment of Traffic Fines

 50Euro

Traffic fines are not paid to the officer at the roadside.
More information on payment of fines….

Offences, Fines and Points.

ban For some offences your licence can be endorsed with penalty points leading to a driving ban and revocation of your licence. Where penalty points apply the Police Officer is obliged to impose the minimum penalty in each case. For serious offences the driver will be reported and a summons to court will follow.

In the main the offences in Cyprus are similar to those in the UK and Europe. See – Offences, Fines and Points.

Disqualified Drivers

judgeThe courts have the power to disqualify drivers for certain offences and those who have accrued 12 points. Points remain on a licence for 3 years. A court can impose a fine or imprisonment on foreign licence holders.

Cyprus may refuse to recognize the validity of a driving licence issued in another State where the holder has a licence that is restricted, suspended or revoked or cancelled in another State.

Pay Traffic fines

Pay Traffic fines by credit card online.

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Pay Cyprus Police fines

Pay with a credit card through the JCCSmart website.

  1. Set up an account (Its easy).
  2. Log in.
  3. Click on the POLICE FINES button and follow the instructions.

The site is in Greek and English.

Fines can also be paid at any commercial bank or credit cooperatives in Cyprus or through the Cyprus Police Website.

Pay Municipal Police fines.

To pay municipal fines for parking and local bye-law infringements click the links below.

  1. Latsia
  2. Limassol (via JCC payment system)
  3. Nicosia
  4. Paphos
  5. Paralimni
  6. Strovolos (via JCC payment system)

Speed Limits

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There are several things you should know about speed limits in Cyprus.

All speed limits in Cyprus are posted in Kilometers per hour (Kph).

The sign indicating you are entering a limit will normally only be displayed on your side of the road.

Having entered a posted limit, you will very rarely find the small repeater signs that you see in the UK. The next sign you will see may be a change in speed limit or when you pass over a municipal boundary.

It is often not clear when a speed limit ceases to apply. You will rarely see a de-restriction sign. There are long stretches of road which could be de-restricted, because of the layout and lack of hazards, but the last limit still appears to apply.

I generally use the sign governing the speed limit for the opposing traffic as a guide for when the de-restriction starts. However this is not foolproof as there are examples where, according to the signs, the opposing traffic on the same road is governed by a different speed limit to you.

Speed limits posted at hazards, such as bends, are usually advisory in the UK. In Cyprus they are technically mandatory and must be obeyed. They are often placed with little thought as to their purpose or the affect they will have on traffic. You will not find many of the locals adhering to them.

Be careful of your speed.

The maximum speed limit allowed is lower than in the UK and can lead to impatience and an itchy right foot.

For a limit of up to 30 kph (urban roads and others) the tolerance will be up to 35 kph and from 36 and above offenders will be fined.

For a limit of 50 kph or more which is the most common in towns and villages, the tolerance will be up to 57 kph and from 58 kph and above there will be fines. To date the fines have been imposed over 63 kph.

For a limit of 65 kph tolerance will be 73.5 kph and fines will be imposed at 74 kph and over.

It does not change the tolerance limit of 20% on motorways and long-city roads which are 100 kph and 80 kph respectively and remains at 120 kph and 97kph. respectively.

All speed limits in Cyprus are posted in Kilometers per hour (Kph)

Type of Road  SignApprox.
mph
Highway:
(Motorway)
highway signMaximum speed limit10062
  Minimum speed limit6540
Built up Areas:urbanMaximum speed limit5031
Country Roads: Maximum speed limit6540
Hazards:bend   men workingMaximum speed limit
Roadworks, bends etc.
3018
National Speed
Limit:
 Maximum speed limit8050
National Speed
Limit applies:
  de-resrtiction50