Speed limit being reduced to 30km/h on some city streets | Cyprus Mail

The Road Safety Council is considering which busy city streets will have their speed limit reduced from the current 50km/h to 30km/h.

Such a policy shift would be just one of the many sweeping reforms over the last year, from drastically overhauling traffic penalties to eventually reinstalling traffic cameras, in a bid to address Cyprus’ high rate of traffic fatalities.

As it stands, the 30km/h limit only applies near schools, some busy traffic junctions, a couple of streets in Nicosia and parts of the Limassol old town.

“This policy has many benefits, clearly making the roads safer – which will encourage more people to cycle in the cities and make it more likely children can play freely in their neighbourhoods,” Jason Senekkis, road safety advisor to the justice ministry, told the Cyprus Mail on Thursday.

He explained that the 30km/h limit will be introduced gradually, with a few streets to be identified throughout 2021.

The latest traffic committee meeting – attended by municipalities, police officers and ministries – supported the proposal to extend the areas covered by a 30km/h speed limit, with the Road Safety Council to decide which roads the change will apply to.

The plan is based on the Stockholm Declaration, which in March 2020 argued that streets with ‘mixed traffic’ – pedestrians, cars, cyclists, e-scooters and such – are better off with a 30km/h speed limit.

“Brussels has actually introduced the 30km/h speed limit across the city, with only some streets being exempt from this, in Cyprus we’re doing it the opposite way,” he said.

“Currently, [in Cyprus] most city streets are about 50km/h and some will become 30km/h.”

Senekkis also cited reduced pollution as another major benefit to the proposal, both in terms of noise and air quality.

The policy shift would certainly change the pace of city life, but perhaps also the face of it.

There are concerns as to how the speed limit would be enforced, as Senekkis says police should be the last resort.

A variety of methods could be used, he said, such as installing more street furniture, additional parking spaces to help narrow the streets, speed bumps – but this should not be overused, he adds – and even converting others into one-way roads.

Last year, the road transport department carried out a study which found that 70 per cent of road deaths in Cyprus occur within built-up areas. This far exceeds the EU average of 35 per cent.

Source: Speed limit being reduced to 30km/h on some city streets | Cyprus Mail

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Rules issued for car imports from UK post-Brexit | Cyprus Mail

The road transport department announced on Tuesday the rules concerning the importation of vehicles from the UK following its EU exit.

According to the department, an M1 category vehicle – passenger car with up to eight seats not including the driver – can be registered in Cyprus provided it is up to five-years-old on the date of arrival, counting from the date it had been registered new in any country.

This does not apply to M1 vehicles already transported or imported to Cyprus from the UK, but not yet registered, or will be loaded for shipping to the Republic by Monday, February 15.

These vehicles can be registered whenever, even if its age exceeds five years.

The department said to register, an M1 vehicle must be accompanied by the original registration certificate (V5c) from the UK, a valid Cypriot MOT, an EU Whole Vehicle Type-Approval (Wvta) or Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) in Cyprus.

A UK registration certificate issued by the end of last year constitutes adequate proof that the vehicle has Wvta, provided it bears the Wvta indication. The indication on the V5c is found at point K – Type of approval number – and is in the form of e.g e4*2007/46*0186*11.

If there is no such indication, to register the vehicle, it must receive the SVA in Cyprus.

Vehicles in the M2 and M3 categories (buses) and N1, N2, and N3 cargo transporters (vans, twin cabs, trucks) are registered irrespective of age, provided they have certification proving their emissions comply with EU standards on the date the vehicle was registered in any country for the first time and they are equipped with ABS.

The UK registration certificate issued by the end of the year is again considered adequate proof as concerns emissions provided the engine is the one stated in the document. If it is a different engine, the department wants a certificate that its emissions comply with the respective EU standards.

Category L vehicles – mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles, and quad bikes – will be registered irrespective of age, provided they are accompanied by the European certificate of conformity in force on the date of its first registration. The department also accepts a copy of the certificate issued by the manufacturer or their representative.

The department also accepts the UK registration certificate issued by the end of the year, which is considered adequate proof that the vehicle has Wvta, provided the document bears the approval of the type of vehicle.

Source: Rules issued for car imports from UK post-Brexit | Cyprus Mail

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Fixed airport taxi fares from March 1 | Cyprus Mail

ΕΠ' ΑΟΡΙΣΤΟΝ ΑΠΕΡΓΙΑ ΟΔΗΓΟΙ ΤΑΞΙ ΣΤΟ ΑΕΡΟΔΡΟΜΙΟ ΛΑΡΝΑΚΑΣ The transport ministry has set fixed fares for taxis travelling to and from the airports, starting on March 1.

The fares include urban and rural taxi services.

In a written statement on Friday, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos called on taxi drivers to implement the newly set fares “as one of the steps taken to improve the taxi transport sector in Cyprus”.

The decision aimed to solve a longstanding problem mainly concerning the appropriate information of visitors, tourists and others who use the service.

“The establishment of fixed fares is expected to give credibility to taxi transport thus improving professionalism and increase passenger traffic,” the ministry said.

According to the ministry no driver is allowed to charge lower or higher than those rates.

 

Taxis carrying up to 4 passengers Taxis carrying 5 – 6  

passengers

FromToDay PriceNight PriceDay PriceNight Price
(06.00 – 20.30)(20.30 – 06.00)(06.00 – 20.30)(20.30 – 06.00)
Larnaca AirportNicosia€ 45€ 50€ 60€ 65
Limassol€ 50€ 60€ 65€ 80
Larnaca€ 15€ 20€ 20€ 25
Protaras€ 55€ 65€ 70€ 85
Ayia Napa€ 50€ 60€ 65€ 80
Pissouri€ 80€ 95€ 105€ 125
Paphos, Peyia€ 100€ 120€ 130€ 155
Polis, Argaka, Pomos€ 130€ 150€ 170€ 195
Troodos Area€ 85€ 100€ 110€ 130
Pyrgos Tyllirias€ 160€ 190€ 210€ 245
Paphos AirportNicosia€ 110€ 130€ 145€ 170
Limassol€ 50€ 60€ 65€ 80
Larnaca€ 100€ 120€ 130€ 155
Famagusta Area€ 130€ 150€ 170€ 195
Paphos, Peyia€ 20€ 25€ 25€ 35
Polis, Argakas, Pomos€ 45€ 50€ 60€ 65
Troodos Area€ 55€ 65€ 70€ 85
Pyrgos Tyllirias€ 75€ 85€ 95€ 110

The above fixed fares include the cost of luggage carriage as well as the VAT. Fixed fares also apply on public holidays.

Source: Fixed airport taxi fares from March 1 | Cyprus Mail

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