A new policy on linking the road tax to emissions has been agreed by legislators, who will be tabling a bill to the House plenum on March 1.
Under the new regime, the road tax payable will be as follows: vehicles with carbon dioxide emissions less than 120g per kilometre, €0.5 per gramme; 120 to 150 g/km, €3 per gramme; 150 to 180g/km, €5 per gramme; and over 180g/km, €10 per gramme.
Road taxes will also feature an additional fee depending on which emissions standard a vehicle complies with.
Vehicles compliant with the Euro6 emissions standard (manufactured from September 2014 and later) will not be subject to any extra charge. However, diesel-powered vehicles complying with Euro6 and designated as having 6c and 6d exhaust emissions will be charged €100.
For Euro5-compliant cars (September 2009 to August 2014), an additional €100 will be charged for vehicles running on petrol and €250 for those running on diesel. For older vehicles, the charges are €300 for petrol and €600 for diesel.
The aim of Euro 6 is to reduce levels of harmful car and van exhaust emissions, both in petrol and diesel cars. For diesels, the permitted level of nitrogen oxides emitted has dramatically dropped to a maximum of 80mg/km, compared to the 180mg/km level that was required for cars that met the previous Euro5 emissions standard.
Although agreeing the emissions charges, MPs remain divided on whether to scrap the fuel consumption tax entirely, or keep the levy and make it a staggered one – higher charges for higher emissions.
The House transport committee called on the government to prepare a scheme for retiring older vehicles with compensation incentives to owners.
RoSPA have recently published a series of video clips containing advice on group riding, where a motorcycle trainer shares his experiences of organising group rides. The clips are designed for those who have not organised a group ride before and contain advice to help riders ensure maximum safety and enjoyment while taking part in their group ride, whilst avoiding common pitfalls.
Cyprus has one of the highest rates of speed violations on motorways in the EU, with 63 per cent violating the speed limit of 100km/h, according to a report just published by the European Transport Security Council’s Road Safety PIN (ETSC) programme.
The report on speeding as the cause of accidents includes the EU member states as well as Switzerland, Israel, Norway and Serbia.
The lowest rate of violation of motorway speed limits was registered in Lithuania, where 19 per cent drive faster than the allowed 130km/h. The highest, at 64 per cent, was Portugal which has a limit of 120km/h, just ahead of Cyprus in second place.
In contrast, with 37 per cent, Cyprus has the second-lowest rate of vehicles which fail to comply with the urban speed limit, just slightly higher than Sweden (35 per cent).
Poland (75 per cent) is the worst offender when it comes to urban speeding.
“The figure recorded in Cyprus is the second-lowest of the reporting countries, but it concerns more than a third of all cars and vans, and given the fact that the majority of road deaths in Cyprus occur in urban areas as opposed to most other European countries, complacency is not an option,” Giorgos Morphakis, spokesman for ETSC in Cyprus commented.
On rural two-lane streets, the percentage of cars and vans that violate the speed limits in Cyprus is again low, 18 per cent. The lowest percentage measured was recorded in the UK with 9 per cent and the highest in Israel, 70 per cent.
“Overspeeding and misjudging how fast to drive in certain circumstances cause one-third of fatal road crashes and are an aggravating factor in most accidents,” the report stressed.
It also said 2,100 lives can be saved each year if the average speed on all EU roads is reduced by just 1km/h.
To help solve the problem the transport security council recommends the adoption of the safe system approach.
“The Safe System approach, which has been endorsed in the EU strategic action plan on road safety, requires the road traffic management system to limit speeds to survivable levels, taking into account that humans make mistakes and their bodies have a limited tolerance for kinetic forces in case of a road collision,” the new report says.
Another helpful method is speed limit selection, a critical indicator determining safe travel speeds for different road types. Which speed is considered safe depends on the road design and its function, traffic volume, the composition of traffic and potential conflict types.
Brexit is sending shockwaves across the UK and the latest fallout from the deal could impact British motorists.
Driving in the EU may become extremely expensive for expat motorists currently living in the EU to remain on the roads legally.
The costs of driving in the EU after the 29th March have been looked into after 20 per cent of Britons were planning on, or considering, driving in one or more EU countries at some point in the next year.
Collectively, the cost of International Driving Permits which British motorists will be required to buy to drive in EU countries could cost as much a £36 billion.
It is now posible to pay your 2019 road tax.
The easiest way is online at https://www.jccsmart.com/.
For full details see the road tax page on this site.
Police issued more than 1,400 fines for illegal parking during the past week to drivers who were found on spots reserved for the disabled, and on sidewalks.
During a campaign aiming to sensitise drivers on the impact of their carelessness to the disabled, police issued 1,471 fines; 310 concerned parking on spots reserved for the disabled, 333 for parking on sidewalks and 317 for parking on a double yellow line.
“People with disabilities live among us and must be fully respected, as well as facilitated by all of us,” the police said in a statement.
The campaign, they said, was aimed at sensitising drivers and combat the phenomenon of parking vehicles in spots reserved for the disabled, but also parking vehicles in such a way that they were an obstacle in general to other road users.
“During the campaign, particular emphasis was placed on the offence of illegal parking, which becomes more intense in urban centres and poses serious problems in particular to the movement of people with disabilities,” the police said.
Drivers ought to realise that the parking spaces for people with disabilities are meant to be used exclusively by those they are reserved for and not anyone else, they added.
The DfT said if no agreement is reached with Brussels, anyone with a UK driving licence may need to purchase an International Driving Permit (IDP) for £5.50 from the Post Office if they want to drive within in the EU after March 29.
But it warned a no-deal Brexit could pose a much bigger headache for many of the 1.3million Britons living within the EU. They will not be able to apply for an IDP.
Instead they will have to exchange their British licence for a local one before the UK leaves the EU if they want to be able to continue driving there.
The DfT warned that ‘increased demand may lead to longer processing times and delays to exchanging driving licences the closer it is to March 29, 2019’.
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Amendments made by cabinet to the law on motor vehicles, which will see the introduction of an emission-based road tax, were slammed on Tuesday as unfair and unconstitutional by the Cyprus Car Importers Association (Pasea).
The amendments do not promote environmental protection, nor do they promote anti-pollution policies, Pasea said. Rather, the additional charges will only disproportionately affect the average low-income consumer who cannot afford a new car, as well as importers of older used cars.
Sole beneficiaries of the amendments, Pasea added, are importers of new cars and high-income buyers able to purchase new luxury cars with low CO2 emissions, shutting the average consumer out of the automobile market as a result.
Pasea president Mattheos Ioannou said the law amendments threaten to render the most popular vehicle category, those with 1416 horsepower engines, out of bounds for the average Cypriot consumer, with road taxes skyrocketing from €80-90 to €300-600.
On December 5, cabinet approved amendments to the law on motor vehicles, which abolish consumption taxes across the board and introduce an emission-based road tax for passenger vehicles and light vans.
The changes concern vehicles registered in the Republic after the law comes into force at the beginning of 2019.
The changes will see a rise in the road tax of passenger vehicles with high CO2 emissions and a rise in the road tax of newly registered passenger vehicles and vans according to their age.
On top of this, road tax charged on used vehicles imported after the law comes into force will also include additional charges based on their age.