CPC – Cyprus Professional Driving Licence

Paphos DoRT

Large Goods Vehicles (LGV)
Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV)
Taxis

To drive a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) or a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) for hire or reward or in the course of a trade or business requires a Cyprus Professional Licence.

The fact that your driving licence may entitle you to drive a vehicle in the LGV or PCV category, it does not entitle you to drive the vehicle for hire or reward or as part of your trade or business.

A professional licence requires training to obtain a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) under EU Directives.

Initial Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training and examinations in Cyprus are in Greek only.

A CPC consists of different parts and continuing training. The ages for driving different categories of vehicle can also vary depending on the training received. Until a driver has a full CPC he will be restricted to driving within National boundaries.

CPC Periodic Training is available in Greek and English.

In order to maintain their Driver CPC, all category C and D licence holders (including C, C1, C1E and D, D1, DE, D1E) will be required to undertake 35 hours Periodic Training every 5 years to be able to renew their licence. Click on the link for information on the mandatory training courses in Greek and English. The page will open in a new window.

It is a complicated subject and there are several exceptions and ‘Grandfather Rights’ etc. They are contained in the EU directives. The links for those are at the bottom of the page.

I have given a brief outline on this subject below.

Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) is the name now given for what used to be called Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV).

In Cyprus the licence category is ‘Φ’ until harmonization.

DescriptionLGVMinimum age
Class 1 (Artic)C+E18 yearsartic
Class 2 & 3 (Rigid)C18 yearsrigid large
<7.5 Ton lorryC118 yearsrigid <=7500
<7.5 Ton lorry with trailerC1+E18 yearsrigid trailer <=12000kg

 

Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) is now the name given to what used to be called Public Service Vehicles (PSV).

In Cyprus the licence catagory is ‘Λ1’ for small passenger vehicles used for tourists, for example Landrover Tours.

The Λ2 catagory is for other PCV’s until harmonization.

DescriptionPCVMinimum age
Mini BusD121 yearsminibus => (1+8)
Small CoachD121 yearsminibus <=(1+16)
CoachD21 yearscoach <=7500
Small Coach with trailerD1+E21 yearsminibus trailer <=12000kg
Coach with trailerD+E21 yearscoachtrailer

The Cyprus ‘T’ Catagory is used for Taxis.

DescriptionCategoryMinimum age
Taxi
The number of taxi licences
issued are restricted
B21 years
+
Two years with a full driving licence
car <=(1+8) <=3500kg

Any transaction that you require in relation to professional licences will have to be made in person at the Department of Transport (DoRT). Speak with the Officer who deals specifically with these applications. It will take more than one trip.

If you already hold a professional driving licence for groups LGV and PCV you may exchange it. (Not Taxi).

Providing:
a) The licence was issued by an EU member state,
b) It is valid,
c) You have reached the minimum ages.
d) The details of your Licence have been translated into Greek by the Ministry of Information.

If your Licence is in English a translation may not be required. Check with your local DoRT Office.

The professional licence test is in Greek and involves:

A theory examination covering:

  • Knowledge of mechanics and your vehicle.
  • Road traffic law and signs.
  • Driving scenarios eg what to do in event of breakdowns.
  • A practical driving test.
  • Drivers hours and safety

To obtain a licence,

Application has to be made in person at the Department of Transport (DoRT).

Various Documents and photographs are required to obtain a Cyprus professional licence, including a completed T.O.M. 211(12/02) application form only available in Greek.

EU Directives:

The rules governing LGV and PCV licences in Cyprus as with all of the EU now comply with EU directives.

To download a copy of the current directive 2003/59/EC regarding professional licences pdfClick here.

This gives full details of the training requirements and skills needed for a certificate of professional competence (CPC).

Directive 2006/126/EEC in effect since 19 January 2013 gives driving licence categories and ages. pdf Download here in English. in Ελληνικά.

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