Speaking to reporters, House transport committee chairman Giorgos Prokopiou said they had been informed by ministry officials that they had not yet invited tenders.
He said they have asked the transport minister to come to the committee in a month to give them more details about the conditions and how the new system will operate.Traffic cameras had been installed in 2006, helping cut down traffic collisions by 53 per cent. But technical issues and subsequent legal problems meant their removal and considerable delays in installing new ones.
The state was now looking to install 90 fixed cameras and 20 mobile ones to catch speeding drivers and those running red lights.
Ruling Disy MP Demetris Demetriou stressed the need for the systems to be up and running as soon as possible since it was a matter of safety and human lives.
Final arguments will be heard on October 13 and the sentence passed later.
Speaking to reporters after court, Themistocleous said he fully respected the decision that found him guilty of three charges but said he would be appealing the case.
Last year, the supreme court lifted his parliamentary immunity so that he could be tried for speeding offences which took place on April 4, 2015 when he was caught driving his car at a speed of 172 km/h – 72km over the legal limit.
On February 12, 2015 he was caught doing 170km/h, 141km/h on October 14, 2014, and 91km/h in a 50km/h zone on July 10, 2014 where he also faced charges for violating a traffic signal – the white continuous line in the middle of the road.
He was found guilty for speeding on two occasions and for violating a traffic signal.
It appeared Themistocleous had made matters worse for himself when stopped by officers as he had apparently displayed inappropriate behaviour.
Police reports indicated that on numerous occasions, he had invoked his parliamentary immunity when told he would be charged.
“We think that the behaviour, words and deeds, attributed to the defendant, leaves no room for different treatment,” other than to lift his immunity, the supreme court said at the time.
Police also cited traffic offences between 1993 and 2011, and 21 between 2003 and 2015.
Traffic police pulled over the motorist after the radar recorded his car tearing down the Kalo Chorio-Larnaca Airport motorway at a speed of 216km/h. A 72-year-old man from Nicosia was placed under arrested and taken to Kiti Police Station where he was formally charged.
The driver, who had been drinking, is set to appear before a Larnaca magistrate at a later date.
The government’s Road Safety Council had last called for a study on the issue to be prepared since it is widely if not officially acknowledged that the police already generally turn a blind eye to drivers on the highway speeding at up to 120km/h since all the country’s highways have at least two lanes of traffic.
The Public Works Department is still working on the report which will feature the opinions of all the relevant stakeholders but Phileleftheros on Tuesday reported that the Department itself as well as the police have already indicted they are against the idea.
The Public Works Department has raised objections noting that the highways were designed and constructed based on specific criteria taking into account that cars would be travelling at no more than 100km/h. Raising the speed limit would lead to the need for changes to the points of entrance into and exit from the highway, the Department says.
The police, meanwhile, are concerned a higher speed limit will encourage drivers to reach even higher speeds as they expect the same room for leeway they currently enjoy.
The Traffic Police note that Cyprus has amongst the safest highways in Europe with less than five fatalities per year and say changing the speed limit will make them far more perilous.
They are comparing a new licence holder’s speed against the average speeds of more experienced motorists to determine if they’re travelling too fast – mainly on ‘rural’ A and B roads.
The rise of 3.7% in speeding tickets over the first five months of 2017 compared to the corresponding period last year has highlighted the need for tougher and prohibitive legislation and penalties to be introduced.
The issue with seatbelts is even worse.
A total of 6,977 warrants were issued to drivers and passengers for not wearing their seatbelts over the first five months of 2017 recording a 35% increase over the corresponding 2016 period when 5,139 warrants were issued.
The 39-year-old was clocked speeding on January 14, 2017, at around 8 pm.
Of particular concern were the high speeds that were clocked in built-up areas.
Police said on Sunday it was a miracle that no one was killed in Larnaca on Saturday night when officers caught a 19-year-old speeding at 140kph in a residential zone where the limit was 50kph. At around 9.45pm, they said, when there were crowds of people out and about due to the Kataklysmos weekend events, […]
By Andreas Izamis Speed limits on Cyprus’ motorways could be set to increase to 120 km/h from 100km/