Category Archives: Road Safety

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:

  • your weight
  • your gender
  • your metabolism
  • what you are drinking
  • how much you are drinking
  • your current stress levels
  • whether you’ve eaten recently
  • 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:

  • Novice drivers
  • motorcycles,
  • trucks
  • buses
  • taxis
  • 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).

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

Speed Limits

speed limits

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

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.

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

Type of RoadSignApprox.
mph
Highway:
(Motorway)
highway signMaximum speed limit10062
Minimum speed limit6540
Built up Areas:urbanMaximum speed limit5031
Country Roads:Maximum speed limit6540
Hazards:bend

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Maximum speed limit
Roadworks, bends etc.
3018
National Speed
Limit:
Maximum speed limit8050
National Speed
Limit applies:
de-resrtiction50