Speeding clampdown gets underway across Cyprus – in-cyprus.com

Traffic police will be out in force across Cyprus this week as the department kicks-off its fourth anti-speeding clampdown this year.

“We are giving particular emphasis on speeding as it the main cause of fatal traffic accidents and that is why we have organised, this our fourth campaign this year,” said Traffic Police Chief Philippos Papaelias told state radio on Monday morning.

Source: Speeding clampdown gets underway across Cyprus – in-cyprus.com

Mini buses carrying cancer patients to have special vehicle category – Cyprus Mail (By giving them blue lights???)

Mini buses carrying cancer patients to treatment facilities will be included in a special vehicle category to enable them to get to their destination faster, it emerged on Friday.

Initially, a request was made for the six buses to be allowed to use the hard shoulder on motorways but both the police and the public works department rejected it citing safety issues.

Public works department official Haris Christodoulou told the House transport committee said use of the emergency lane was prohibited everywhere in the world.

Police representative Philippos Papaelia said he had given instructions to patrol cars and motorcyclists to escort the buses if they happened to be in the area.

The six buses carry around 1,500 a year from around Cyprus to treatment centres in Nicosia.

A solution to the problem was provided by the head of the road transport department, Sotiris Kolettas, who said the six buses can be included as special vehicles in class 90, to allow them to use a blue flashing light, like the one used by emergency services, to avoid traffic lights.

Committee chairman Giorgos Prokopiou gave the authorities 30 days to consult and resolve the matter.

Comment: Another blow to road safety. The trips they make are planned and not an emergency. There cannot be any justification for such a move. Its bad enough that ambulance drivers in Cyprus have appalling driving standards with no concept of the dangers involved in emergency driving. Anyone driving under emergency lights should have appropriate dedicated training to protect themselves and the public.

Source: Mini buses carrying cancer patients to have special vehicle category – Cyprus Mail

Personalised licence plates about to be legalised – Cyprus Mail

Discussion at the House transport committee of a bill allowing car owners to acquire personalised licence plates has been completed and is to be sent to the plenum to vote, it was reported on Saturday. According to media reports, the bill provides that car owners will have the possibility to acquire personalised licence plates through […]

Source: Personalised licence plates about to be legalised – Cyprus Mail

Doing THIS while driving makes you 100 times more likely to have a fatal car accident | Express.co.uk

A NEW study has sensationally claimed that motorists’ concentration is so impaired while using a mobile phone behind the wheel – it creates 105 opportunities for a road user to inadvertently kill themselves.

Source: Doing THIS while driving makes you 100 times more likely to have a fatal car accident | Cars | Life & Style | Express.co.uk

Over 1,000 cars stolen since 2014, half recovered – Cyprus Mail

During the past three and a half years, 1,117 vehicles were reported stolen in Cyprus of which 594 were located by police, according to stats obtained by the Cyprus Mail. The largest number of stolen vehicles was reported in Limassol, followed by Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos, respectively. During the period, there had been a steady […]

Source: Over 1,000 cars stolen since 2014, half recovered – Cyprus Mail

Red tape hampers introduction of LPG for cars – Cyprus Mail

MPs asked the interior ministry’s permanent secretary, Nicos Nikolaou, on Tuesday to act as an intermediary between state services to help speed up issuing final approval certificates to petrol stations so that the Customs Department can allow them to acquire liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Nikolaou, who attended the House energy committee, reassured MPs that his […]

Source: Red tape hampers introduction of LPG for cars – Cyprus Mail

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