Category Archives: Road Safety

Road deaths in Cyprus up 27% last year

CYPRUS had the highest increase in road deaths among all EU countries between 2014 and 2015, a 27 per cent rise, according to a report published by the European Commission. A total of 66 people died on Cyprus roads last year compared with 52 in 2014 and 73 in 2010. Finland was second with a […]

Source: Road deaths in Cyprus up 27% last year – Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail

New strict, objective criteria to change police hiring procedures

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved new criteria for hiring police officers, with the new system expected to begin sometime after May’s legislative elections and the regulations approved by parliament on Thursday. Speaking after a cabinet session, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said that the new criteria introduce objectivity and meritocracy as the key screening element and […]

Source: New strict, objective criteria to change police hiring procedures – Cyprus Mail Cyprus Mail

Police checks as pupils return to school

school sign
Police carried out traffic checks near schools in Limassol yesterday in an effort to crack down on juvenile delinquency.

Forty five cars and one hundred and ten motorcycles were checked and seventy six offences detected.

A motorcycle was seized and one person was arrested for driving without insurance, no driver’s licence, etc..

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

men working

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