Road safety laws set to be strengthened – Cyprus News

New legislation set to be enforced next year will see doctors facing criminal charges if they falsify health records for senior citizens trying to renew their driving licences.

This is one of the ten measures that the Communications Ministry will be promoting in order to beef up road safety.

Other measures include the introduction of the narcotest in 2017. Tender candidates have already been called upon to supply the necessary equipment.

Another measure to be introduced is road surface lighting while a variety of amendments are set to affect driver’s licences.

A predetermined amount of compulsory driving tests and a compulsory theory test will need to be completed successfully before a candidate attempts to take their driving test. At the same time, the minimum age of obtaining a learner’s driver’s licence will be reduced from the current 17,5 to 17.

Senior citizens will also see procedures change in the way they are able to renew their driver’s licence, with the biggest change affecting doctors who could face criminal charges if they falsify health certificates.

Drastic changes are also in tune for driving schools and the way they operate. A school for driving instructors is set to be created ensuring that instructors are thoroughly trained and certified.

The Public Works Department has also prepared a study for so-called ‘dark spots’, problematic areas where large numbers of accidents have been recorded, where a number of improvements will be made to bolster road safety.

Next year will also see the introduction of car seats in nursery school buses for their students.