Category Archives: Traffic Law

Tourists leaving thousands of traffic fines unpaid – Cyprus Mail

Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos called for a change of policy on Tuesday to make sure that tourists are made to pay traffic fines before leaving the island as thousands remain unpaid due to lack of checks.

Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Karousos said that many tourists, mostly young, who rent motorcycles or quad bikes, fail to abide by traffic signs, drive under the influence of alcohol or drive dangerously, often without any consequences.

“They drive dangerously. There are accidents, and they create a negative impression to our visitors through this behaviour,” Karousos said. He added that they also endanger pedestrians.

But offenders, he said, when they get caught, usually fail to pay their fines before departing, resulting in thousands of unpaid tickets each year as there is no control system in place.

“In the Famagusta district alone, last year, there were 3,000 unpaid tickets,” Karousos said.

He said that the details of tourists renting vehicles should be registered with the police and municipality systems so that they can be tracked down and made to pay their fines.

The EU recently introduced a new directive warning that those who commit such traffic offences would be made to pay the fines in their home countries.

Source: Tourists leaving thousands of traffic fines unpaid – Cyprus Mail

Teen and mother charged after he’s caught driving – Cyprus Mail

A 15-year-old boy and his mother were charged in writing on Friday after police caught the teenager driving his mother’s vehicle in Paphos.

Officers patrolling at around 3pm stopped the car for checks and found the underage boy was driving the car.

Additionally, the car had no insurance, roadworthiness certificate and the boy had no driving permit.

He and his mother were charged in writing. Stroumbi police continues investigations.

Source: Teen and mother charged after he’s caught driving – Cyprus Mail

Driving abroad? Behave, the fine will follow you home – Cyprus Mail

Committing a traffic offence in an EU country can soon mean the fine will follow you home. EU parliament explains how in the following video. Driving abroad this summer? Behave, because the fine will follow you home! Check out our video 🚙 ↓ pic.twitter.com/ByyjUILV17 — European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) July 24, 2017 Print Friendly

Source: Driving abroad? Behave, the fine will follow you home – Cyprus Mail

Banks causing traffic chaos in Paphos – in-cyprus.com

Paphos residents with homes near banks have accused branch customers of regularly causing traffic chaos with parking violations.

According to residents, the bank branch customers often block off driveways, park on double-yellow lines or pavements, and create a backlog trying to find somewhere to leave their cars.

The residents say the problem has become worse since after the crisis led to the closure of some branches – prompting some bank branches to either move to different locations or even merge with other branches and bringing a higher volume of customers to specific locations.
Most of the bank branches still in operation are now situated on central and busy roads without adequate parking.

Source: Banks causing traffic chaos in Paphos – in-cyprus.com

Underage boy caught driving with his dad – Cyprus Mail

A 14-year old boy was caught driving a car illegallywith his father as passenger, along the Prodromi to Dhrousha road in Paphos on Monday afternoon. Police officers who stopped the car determined that the boy had no driving license nor insurance. Father and son were charged and will appear in court at a later date. […]

Source: Underage boy caught driving with his dad – Cyprus Mail

Teenager arrested after dangerous Limassol chase – in-cyprus.com

Police in Limassol were involved in a dangerous car chase late on Wednesday night after teenager attempted to evade officers because he did not have a driving license.

According to investigators, the incident occurred at around 11.30pm when a vehicle – said to have been driven erratically – refused to stop when flagged down by traffic police in Germasogeia.

The driver instead sped off prompting two police patrol cars to give chase. According to witnesses, the car hit dangerous speeds through the streets of Germasogeia and, at one point, almost struck pedestrians after racing through a zebra crossing. He also drove into the opposite lane.

Police first fired warning shots into the air before eventually shooting the tyres of the car, subsequently immobilising the vehicle. The chase had lasted around 15 to 20 minutes.

The driver, said to be a 19-year-old man, was then placed under arrest but is also set to be charged with assault after biting the police officer who tried to handcuff him.

A passenger in the car is also under investigation.

Limassol police say he refused to stop because he did not have a driving license. Police also say that the car had the license plate removed with investigators now looking into the possibility that car may have been used or was going to be used in a crime.

Source: Teenager arrested after dangerous Limassol chase – in-cyprus.com

Traffic cops issue over 41,000 speeding tickets in 5 months – in-cyprus.com

Traffic police have issued 41,475 speeding tickets in the first five months of 2017, up from 39,997 from the corresponding 2016 period.

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.

Source: Traffic cops issue over 41,000 speeding tickets in 5 months – in-cyprus.com

More than 14,000 booked for traffic offences in March – Cyprus Mail

Between March 1 and 26 police booked 369 people for drunk driving out of 4,464 drivers who were checked, while almost 7,000 were caught speeding, and 6,675 for other traffic offences, they said on Sunday. They also conducted 2,348 inspections in nightclubs, and booked 372 for offences related to the law on recreation centres, which […]

Source: More than 14,000 booked for traffic offences in March – Cyprus Mail