Category Archives: Speed

Satellite imagery exonerates motorist in court

Satellite imagery – that was used during a legal proceeding – has exonerated a motorist from speeding and dangerous driving charges at a Nicosia court.

According to state prosecutors, the motorist had been clocked driving at 95km/h in a 50km area along Archbishop Makarios III Avenue in the early hours of June 2, 2013.

When he was waved down to stop, police claim that he instead continued on his way, switching lanes and entering the lane for oncoming traffic which were waiting at traffic lights for the light to change to green. Undeterred, he continued to pass them and drove through the traffic lights – which were red at the time – before finally making his escape.

A police officer had testified that he first noticed the car at 300m and clocked his speed at a distance of 271m. Following standard procedure, the speed of the vehicle was recorded by radar in a straight line from the position of the officer in relation to the position of the car.

The defence attorney, Yiannis Nearchou, produced satellite images of archbishop Makarios III Avenue and showed that the policeman’s statement were impossible as a straight line from his position at 271m, either at the side of the road or up to 2,5m into the road, from the position of the car would have placed it in the opposite lane.

At 300m, the car would have been on the pavement on the opposite side of the road.

Judge Pavlos Kyriakides went on to find the defendant not guilty saying that he could not safely accept that the policeman’s testimony as being reliable.

Police nab driver doing 202km on highway – Cyprus Mail

Police on Saturday arrested a driver who was doing 202km on the highway instead of the legal limit of 100km, CNA reported. According to police the 26-year-old was tearing down the Nicosia-Limassol highway at around 4pm when motorcycle officers clocked him and chased him down. He was arrested, charged in writing and released and will […]

Source: Police nab driver doing 202km on highway – Cyprus Mail

Online petition to curb boy racers in Paphos – Cyprus Mail

BOY racers in Paphos are causing huge problems on a stretch of road in Kato Paphos resulting in complaints by hotel guests and residents, one of whom is launching an online petition to have the problem sorted before next year’s cultural capital events kick off. One resident is drumming up support for an online petition […]

Source: Online petition to curb boy racers in Paphos – Cyprus Mail

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