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LED-lighting the way by 2020 – Cyprus Mail

By Annette Chrysostomou

LED lights will likely replace all conventional street lights in Cyprus by 2020, way earlier than the global goal which is to have 90 per cent of street lighting in the form of LED lamps, senior manager at the Electricity Authority (EAC) Yiangos Frangoulides has said.

As they are around 80 per cent more efficient than the old lights, replacing the bulbs will not only reduce electricity consumption and thus air pollution, but is also great for maintenance, as LED lights last years longer than fluorescent lights.

Already, more than two-thirds of municipalities have changed the bulbs in their roads or are in the process of doing so. Five major municipalities in Nicosia have done so, with just two to go. Nicosia (centre) and Aglandjia chose to issue private tenders these two are still being reviewed by the tenders authority. Continue reading LED-lighting the way by 2020 – Cyprus Mail

Police seek suspect who took pot-shots at motorcyclists, injuring two – Cyprus Mail

Police on Friday were searching for an unknown person who shot at motorcycle passengers using an air gun in the early hours at Limassol’s Enaerios area, injuring two persons.

According to police, the shooter was positioned at ground level and shot at passing motorcycles for reasons yet unknown.

The shooter first injured a 21-year-old female passenger on a motorcycle, before injuring a 30-year-old male motorcyclist. Both reportedly went to the hospital not knowing how they were injured until doctors found and removed pellets from their bodies.

Police went to the hospital to take their statements before launching an investigation into the identity of the shooter. Among other things, police said they would be studying surveillance footage from several businesses in the Enaerios area.

Source: Police seek suspect who took pot-shots at motorcyclists, injuring two – Cyprus Mail

Cyprus among EU countries with biggest number of cars per capita – Cyprus Mail

Cyprus is among the EU member states with the highest number of passenger cars, standing at just over 600 per 1,000 inhabitants, a newly released Eurostat report says.

It is one of several small countries with high motorisation rates.

First on the list for 2017 is Luxembourg, with 670 passenger cars per 1,000 inhabitants, followed by Italy (625 cars), Finland (617 cars), Malta (613 cars) and Cyprus in fifth place (609 cars).

The report notes that the Luxembourg figure may be influenced by cross-border workers using company cars registered in the country.

In 2017, the highest number of registered passenger cars was recorded in Germany, with 46 million cars. The second was Italy (37 million cars: 2016 data) and third France (32 million cars). Over the five-year period from 2013 to 2017, there was strong growth in the number of registered passenger cars in several member states.

The highest growth over this period was recorded in Slovakia (18 per cent), followed by Czechia and Portugal (both 17 per cent), Estonia (15 per cent), Malta and Hungary (both 14 per cent).

Source: Cyprus among EU countries with biggest number of cars per capita – Cyprus Mail

Vehicle registrations drop by 10% in the first half of 2019 – Cyprus Mail

Vehicle registrations dropped by 10 per cent in the first six months of 2019, compared with the respective period of 2018, the Cyprus Statistical Service (Cystat) has said.

In the period of January – June of 2019 total vehicle registrations declined to 23,449 compared with 26,059 in the respective period of last year.

New cars recorded the highest decrease with an annual 11.2 per cent dropping to 8,887 in the first six months of 2019, compared to 10,005 in January – June 2018, while used vehicle registrations dropped by 9.3 per cent to 14,562 compared with 16,054 in the respective period of 2018.

Registration of saloon cars dropped by 11.7 per cent to 19,102 compared with 21,642 in the period of January – June of 2018.

According to Cystat, goods conveyance vehicles increased by 2.6 per cent to 2,680 in January-June 2019, compared with 2,613 in January-June 2018. Light goods vehicles increased by 3.3 per cent to 2,306, heavy goods vehicles decreased by 2.2 per cent to 273 and road tractors (units of trailers) decreased by 1 per cent to 101.

Scooters registrations increased to 165 in January-June 2019, compared to 149 in January-June 2018.

Motorcycles (with engines over 50 cubic centimetres) sales dropped by 8.6 per cent to 1,189 in the first six months of 2019, compared with 1,301 in the corresponding period of 2018, Cystat added.

Source: Vehicle registrations drop by 10% in the first half of 2019 – Cyprus Mail

Full traffic-cam system by 2022, mobile units online next year, minister says – Cyprus Mail

Cyprus will have mobile traffic cameras in place by next year and a full system up and running by 2022, Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastasiadou said on Sunday.

The issue has been going on since 2006.

Anastasiadou said the bidding process for the €35m system would last three months, which will be followed by an evaluation and the awarding of the contract, and “it is hoped by 2020 to at least have the mobile cameras” the minister said.

She said it would positively contribute to road safety. “Where this system has been implemented it has shown that accidents have been reduced dramatically but also the number of deaths from accidents,” she added.

By 2022, the minister said 90 fixed cameras would be in place at accident black spots, and 20 mobile units would also be in use. Continue reading Full traffic-cam system by 2022, mobile units online next year, minister says – Cyprus Mail

New bills for tougher traffic penalties delayed again – Cyprus Mail

The bundle of seven new bills on implementing tougher traffic penalties is unlikely to be voted through by parliament before summer recess but more likely in the following autumn, it emerged on Friday.

The draft legislation was submitted to parliament in March but the European Parliament elections and change in leadership of the justice ministry has delayed the discussion of the bills in the House transport committee, which convened on Friday.

Included in the bills is an increase in the fines for speeding from €1 per kilometre to €5 while using a phone while driving will fetch a €300 fine instead of the current €85.

Failure to wear a seatbelt will cost €400, also up from €85.

Not wearing crash helmets on motorcycles, running red lights, and parking on pedestrian crossings and spaces reserved for handicapped drivers will cost €200 from €85. Reckless driving that ends up causing bodily harm will be punishable with up to three years in jail and or a fine of up to €10,000.

MPs do not unanimously agree on the fines and parties may try put forward amendments which is likely to mean the bills won’t be voted through in parliament before recess later this month.

Source: New bills for tougher traffic penalties delayed again – Cyprus Mail

‘NO MORE HIDING BEHIND BUSHES’ FOR TRAFFIC POLICE

Traffic police will no longer hide behind bushes to catch offending drivers, in line with instructions from their new head, Phileleftheros reported on Tuesday.

It said that Yiannis Georgiou, the new chief of the traffic unit at police headquarter had told a meeting with district traffic police heads that the presence of traffic police on the roads should be ‘evident’, with no officers hiding behind trees and bushes.

Drivers should be aware of the presence of police officers on the roads and know that they could be subject to checks at any time, he said.

Traffic heads were also asked to focus on black spots and on stretches where drivers tend to speed. Traffic police officers will no longer stand at spots where the speed limit suddenly changes so as to ‘trap’ drivers but instead some 500 metres away from where the limit changes, Phileleftheros added.

Instructions were also given to focus on the secondary road network, while traffic police have been told not to pursue young motorists found to be breaking traffic regulations through the streets, but instead to take down their registration numbers and seek them out later.

TISPOL President promotes #ProjectEDWARD at Cyprus Road Safety Conference

TISPOL President Volker Orben spoke at a road safety conference in Cyprus, on Friday 28 June, organised by the delegation of the European Commission in Cyprus and the Cyprus Police, at the House of the European Union, in Nicosia.

Volker spoke about the mission of TISPOL, which is responsible for the coordination of activities at a European level, for the effective and efficient enforcement of traffic legislation as well as the implementation of road policing, a fundamental model for the prevention of criminality on the roads, which many European countries – including the Cyprus Police – adopted during the current decade.  

He highlighted the impact Project Edward can have on casualty reduction and awareness raising – while also stressing the utmost importance of enforcement in the sector of the respect of traffic legislation and the prevention of road deaths and serious injuries. In this respect, he presented the operational results of TISPOL.He stressed that TISPOL appreciates the fact that the European Commission established in 2018 a new Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety to halve road deaths by 2030 and he indicated the importance of the joint cross-border road traffic enforcement operations organized in cooperation between police bodies.

He explained that the target set by the European Commission of a 50 per cent reduction in road deaths and serious injuries by 2030 is an important commitment of TISPOL and a key issue, indicating that in the frame of their daily duties the members of TISPOL are called to exchange information and best practice on a constant basis, bearing in mind the Valetta Declaration. He thanked the Cyprus Police for their contribution in the road safety campaigns, which include enforcement and publicity of the actions undertaken, especially for speeding, drink and drug driving, distraction and the non-use of seat belts.