Over 900 traffic fines issued in 48 hours | Cyprus Mail

Police dished out 907 traffic fines between 6am Friday and 6am on Sunday, they said.

The majority of offences, 307, were for speeding, and 72 for drunk driving.

There were 59 fines for not using a seat belt, or helmets by bikers, and 25 for using a mobile phone while driving.

Traffic signal violations reached 100.

In addition, 28 drivers were fined for driving without a valid MOT and 22 for parking on pavements or in disabled parking.

Source: Over 900 traffic fines issued in 48 hours | Cyprus Mail

Paphos gets smarter with launch of parking app | Cyprus Mail

Another step has been taken towards converting Paphos into a smart city with the introduction of a smart parking management system on Friday.

The project, co-financed by the European Union and the republic, is expected to substantially upgrade parking services for residents and visitors alike.

Through the Pafos Smart Parking mobile app, which allows the user to see the total number of parking spots available in real-time, users can get directions to available spots and make payments in a number of convenient ways.

These include via SMS, with an agreement made with Cyta, Epic and Primetel, whereby a message sent to 9191 will enable the cost to be tagged onto customers’ mobile phone bills at a €1 charge, and the possibility to purchase a monthly permit. Payment will still be accepted at existing coin machines for a transitional period.

For the purposes of implementing the system, the city of Paphos has been divided into several pricing zones with monthly permits offered at €25 and €50. A special monthly permit of €25 for all zones is also available for those 65 and over, and can be obtained from the citizens service centre at the Stelios Kyriakides stadium parking lot.

The app is available for Android and iOs from Google Play and the App store.

ource: Paphos gets smarter with launch of parking app | Cyprus Mail

Paphos-Polis road finally begins |

Following almost four decades of efforts, work has finally started for a modern road that will go from Paphos to Polis Chrysochous.

From a special platform set up in the area, Transport Minister Giannis Karousos, watched the beginning of the work of life, as it is being described. He said that this is a historic day for Paphos since a project that the President had set as a priority will finally be realized with multiple benefits for the area and the whole of Cyprus.

Among others, the Minister said that the new road will contribute to the financial and tourist development of Polis Chrysochous since the attraction of investments in the area will be facilitated. Furthermore, new and innovative business ideas will be implemented and as a result new working positions will be created and visitors from Cyprus and abroad will be attracted to the area. Finally, as he said, the road will upgrade the quality of life of the residents of the area.

Source: Paphos-Polis road finally begins |

Bill regulating scooters will go to plenum on July 14 | Cyprus Mail

A bill regulating scooters – including a requirement that users be aged over 14 and wear a helmet — will go before the House plenary on July 14, House transport committee president Marinos Moushouttas said on Thursday.

The Dipa MP said the bill seeks to end the absence of rules governing the increasingly popular street vehicles.

The committee also discussed the compulsory use of helmets by cyclists, he said.

The scooter bill that will go before the plenary introduces a speed limit of 20 km, he said. Most scooters don’t go beyond 15km an hour.

Users will be obliged to wear a helmet. Scooters will be permitted on cycle paths and not roads. Local authorities will have the power to issue permits for scooters to be used in squares and on pavements within the community’s or municipality’s limits, as well as on some roads, he added.

“We believe that this regulation will put an end to the uncontrolled use of these vehicles and bring order,” he said.

There will be out-of-court fines for speeding or driving a scooter outside designated areas. These will be issued by police and traffic wardens of local authorities. “Use of scooters will be permitted to people who are over 14,” he added.

Akel MP Yiannakis Gavriel said the primary concern of MPs was road safety, raising awareness and informing the public so that drivers respect scooter users. The ultimate aim is to promote micro-mobility and the use of equipment that is environmentally friendly and contribute to reducing emissions and facilitating urban mobility.

Some of the questions raised at previous meetings had been answered, but it still remained unclear who would be responsible for implementing the legislation, as the representative of the Union of Cypriot Municipalities had told MPs that they cannot, the Akel MP added.

Another outstanding issue was the co-existence of pedestrians and scooter users in common paths, he said.

“As Akel, we have once more stated our intention to cooperate with relevant authorities for the creation of a legal framework that is useful and user-friendly for the public,” he said.

As regards helmets for cyclists, Moushouttas said the proposal was to make them compulsory, subject to a €50 fine for those who fail to comply.

But Greens president Charalambos Theopemptou said his party believed it should only be compulsory for children aged under 14.

“We want the state to recommend to the public to wear a helmet but for this not to be compulsory for all cyclists,” he concluded.

Source: Bill regulating scooters will go to plenum on July 14 | Cyprus Mail

Scheme for protective equipment for bikers, police step up checks | Cyprus Mail

As police step up traffic checks amid a spike in road fatalities, the transport ministry on Thursday launched its incentive plan for the purchase of protective equipment for motorcyclists.

Applications for the scheme opened at 11.00 am and will close at 12 noon on July 7, 2022. The subsidy amount is €500 or the actual cost of purchase, whichever amount is smaller.

The plan covers the period of 2022 to 2024, with a total budget of €1.050.000.

Beneficiaries of the project are Cypriot, EU and third-country nationals who are permanent residents of Cyprus, are holders of a category A, A1 or A2 licence, and are owners of a registered motorcycle type vehicle.

Meanwhile, police have stepped up checks to prevent fatal and serious road collisions.

Traffic police in Nicosia and Limassol reported a total of 270 violations after checks carried out on Wednesday night to Thursday morning, police said in a statement on Thursday.

And in Limassol, 12 large-capacity motorcycles and a car were confiscated, while a 27-year-old man was found riding a motorcycle without a driver’s licence and insurance. He had a passenger and tested positive for drugs.

The Cyprus Police said its campaign aims to prevent serious and fatal road collisions, as well as to deal with delinquency and nuisance caused by vehicles that have undergone modifications.

This year has seen 20 fatal accidents with 22 victims, marking a 33 per cent increase in collisions and 37.5 per cent increase in deaths over the same time last year.

This has prompted concern, with Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos calling a broad meeting on the issue earlier this week with government departments, labour unions and other relevant stakeholders and organisations.

Applications for protective equipment can only be made electronically through the online platform

More details on the project’s at or by email at .

Source: Scheme for protective equipment for bikers, police step up checks | Cyprus Mail

Further fuel price hikes expected, currently near €2 a litre | Cyprus Mail

The price of diesel at the pump is a hair’s breadth away from €2 a litre according to the latest price observatory issued by the consumer protection service of the energy ministry, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Tuesday amid projections of further increases ahead.

According to fuel price observatory, diesel prices range from €1.999 to €1,808 a litre, averaging at €1.914.

The price observatory tracks prices at petrol stations across the island, allowing consumers to compare prices for unleaded 95 and 98, diesel, kerosene and heating fuel.

The price of unleaded 95 ranges from €1.867 a litre to €1.755, averaging at €1.806.

There is considerable fluctuation between the various petrol stations, which the head of the petrol stations association Savvas Procopiou attributed to the different period at which petrol stations of different companies are restocked.

“Increases by the companies are not introduced on the same day,” he told the Cyprus News Agency, but noted petrol stations of the same brand should have similar prices.

“If you see differences in prices at petrol stations of the same companies, then there is an issue,” he added.

Moreover, there are petrol stations on the market which may receive different discounts, but petrol station owners rely on the company and cannot sell at lower prices as the discounts offered are very low at some 2.5 per cent, he said.

As regards further increases, Procopiou said it was difficult to make projections as this is dependent on world prices where recent projections have not been confirmed

But speaking on CyBC, association spokesman Christodoulos Christodoulou warned that prices could shoot up further, even surpassing €2.5 a litre if world prices rise.

Cyprus Consumer Association president Marios Droushiotis told CyBC’s Trito that further hikes in prices were expected next week, with the €2 threshold set to be broken in July.

Higher petrol prices and costlier electricity are fuelling inflation and enraging consumers, adding pressure on the government to adopt additional measures – including a price ceiling — to cushion the sharp increase in the cost of living.

Cost of living concerns were discussed in the national council on Monday, with Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides understood to be considering targeted steps to help the most vulnerable.

Source: Further fuel price hikes expected, currently near €2 a litre | Cyprus Mail

Cabinet approves facilities on island’s motorways (updated) | Cyprus Mail

Sanitary facilities and recharging stations are set to be available on a 24-hour basis at the island’s motorways, following cabinet approval on Tuesday.

The creation of the facilities will have multiple benefits, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said after the cabinet session.

The sites will operate on a 24-hour basis and will include sanitary facilities for men, women and people with disabilities as well as small cafés and kiosks and charging points for electric vehicles. The sanitary facilities will be offered for free to the public.

In this way, Karousos said, the actual needs of the traffic network users will be met, “increasing the overall level of functionality of the public road network and contributing to individual policies of the transport ministry”. These concern road safety, the development of road transport electrification, support for public transport and sustainable development objectives in general, the minister explained.

Furthermore, the facilities are expected to support other state policies in the field of tourism, economic development and the creation of permanent jobs.

A key objective is also to save resources and create synergies through existing or proposed public spaces and infrastructures such as bus and weighing stations.

“The operation of such infrastructure is particularly widespread in most foreign countries where distances are greater,” the transport ministry said later in the day. In Cyprus, the proposal was made following requests from tourism bodies and other organised groups.

To begin with, the facilities will be set up on the Alambra-Nicosia motorway in Alambra, Xylotymbou-Ayia Napa motorway in Xylotymbou, Alambra-Limassol in Kofinou, Limassol-Paphos in Episkopi and Limassol-Paphos in Mandria.

Later, facilities will also be created on the Nicosia-Astromeritis-Evrychou and Paphos-Polis Chrysochou motorways.

Cabinet also approved a bill on income taxation with the aim to expand the existing tax exemption framework to grant tax relief to a legal entity for investment in an approved innovative small and medium enterprise.

The bill is included in the commitments of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan’s Enhanced Research and Innovation section where the aim is to provide tax incentives to attract investment in the research and innovation sector.

Source: Cabinet approves facilities on island’s motorways (updated) | Cyprus Mail

Fatal road accidents spike this year | Cyprus Mail

Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos on Monday said his ministry was concerned by this year’s high number of road fatalities, going against the consistently falling rates seen in the past ten years.

He was speaking after leading a broad meeting on fatal traffic collisions with government departments, labour unions and other relevant stakeholders and organisations.

“The reason we called this meeting is simple,” Karousos said. “We are particularly concerned by this year’s high fatal accident rates, which took place despite the fact that according to the data, deadly collisions in Cyprus fell by 36.6 per cent and serious injuries by 55 per cent between 2011 and 2021”.

Deputy police chief Demetris Demetriou said that this year has seen 20 fatal accidents with 22 victims, marking a 33 per cent increase in collisions and 37.5 per cent increase in deaths over the same time last year.

“There has definitely been a surge in the past month,” he added. “More specifically, we have seen eight deaths in the past 16 days, one death every two days”.

Karousos said that at the moment accident rates are similar to those recorded in 2018, which calls for more measures and initiatives.

“Several proposals are pending in parliament with amendments tabled by the transport ministry, covering subjects like changes to driving licences, and additional protective equipment for those whose job requires them to drive a motorcycle”.

“We have also just finished setting up an application enabling the public to note down problems in the traffic system, which will begin its trial run in the next few days”.

From the suggestions discussed during the meeting, Karousos highlighted the ones concerning correct information and the cultivation of road safety mindedness.

Karousos said his ministry will allocate a larger portion of its budget to road safety issues, with the aim of creating information campaigns, as well as scientific studies that will contribute to better decision-making.

The minister said that about 60 per cent of this year’s fatal accidents claimed as their victims foreign tourists or permanent residents of Cyprus from third countries, while five out of the six fatalities involving motorcyclists were without a helmet.

“I appeal to everyone, parents, children, to urge motorcycle users to wear their helmets because they can save lives”.

Meanwhile, Demetriou stressed the importance of wearing a seatbelt, saying that out of the nine drivers who lost their lives on the road this year, six were not wearing a seatbelt. “That’s around 66.33 per cent, making us wonder how in 2022 we still don’t wear seatbelts”.

“The most tragic part is their ages; 20, 22, 23, 32 and 39,” he said. “I can safely say that five of them would still be with us if they had kept their seatbelts on”.

Source: Fatal road accidents spike this year | Cyprus Mail

Man in Paphos arrested for illegally altering his motorcycle | Cyprus Mail

Police officers in Paphos arrested a motorcycle driver at 10.30pm on Thursday after discovering he had installed on his vehicle a mechanism to conceal his licence plate.

The man, a 21-year-old, who was also found to be without a valid driving licence and insurance, was stopped for a routine check by the police.

When officers checked his motorcycle, they also discovered the illegal mechanism and took him to the nearest police station for questioning. His vehicle was confiscated and will be subject to further examinations.

The 21-year-old was fined and will also be summoned to court at a later date, yet to be disclosed.

Moreover, police officers handed out a total of 30 fines for traffic violations overnight.

Source: Man in Paphos arrested for illegally altering his motorcycle | Cyprus Mail

Warning to be sent to firm operating traffic cams, Karousos says  | Cyprus Mail

The company operating the traffic cameras system is to receive a warning from the government in the wake of a series of failures that are holding up the full implementation of the system, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said on Wednesday.

The president on Wednesday hosted a meeting on the embattled traffic camera system to try and untangle the growing knot as the programme remains mired in its pilot phase.

President Nicos Anastasiades called in all the top stakeholders, ranging from the attorney-general and ministers to the police chief, to try and finally get the sclerotic programme moving.

After the meeting, Karousos told reporters that the company handling the cameras will receive a warning from the government that it must fulfil its agreed obligations.

Karousos said that further meetings between the transport and justice ministries, and the company will hopefully iron out the kinks which are preventing the smooth issuance of the fines.

“I hope that by the end of the month all the issues are resolved, because if they’re not sorted then we will not be able to proceed with the first phase,” he said, adding that the president will chair another meeting before the end of the month.

The pilot phase began in October 2021 with just four stationary cameras active, a period which was initially only set to last for three months. But since then, local media reported that over half of the almost 90,000 violations which have been recorded have not had their subsequent fines sent out.

But Karousos on Wednesday hit back at those figures, stating that confirmed violations currently total 62,752 of which 47,192 have either been sent out or will be issued in the next five days. Specifically, about 38,000 have been sent out, he said, with the remaining 9,200 to be issued within a week.

However, that still leaves a considerable chunk of 15,000 fines which must be handled.

“For these, solutions and instructions have been given to the company on how to deal with them,” he said, adding that a decision will be made by the end of the month as to whether the system can finally exit its pilot phase.

Issues plaguing the camera system are varied, but a major hurdle is that the company is having difficulties issuing fines due a driver’s details appearing in different forms and not matching across the government databases.

Just last month, it was reported that 11,000 fines were deemed invalid by the company, which subsequently asked that they be rescinded.

But Karousos on Wednesday instead stated that those are not in fact fines but are violations which were recorded but did not meet the criteria for a fine.

“Many of those were photographs captured as part of a trial run, before a camera is put in to use it must carry out some tests and many of those 11,000 recordings were such tests,” he said, adding that other recordings concerned ambulances, scooters, and bicycles.

He said that some recordings were of vehicles without licence plates and as such they cannot be fined.

Karousos had previously told daily Phileleftheros that the reasons given by the company are that there were issues with visibility in the photographs of the 11,000 recordings. It said that key details such as the vehicle’s registration plate not being clear.

Karousos was also quoted as saying that the company managing the cameras has so far not received any payments due to the ongoing issues.

Those involved with the camera system say it is impossible to progress into the first phase, which sets out for a further 20 stationary units, as the system is already overwhelmed with just four.

Source: Warning to be sent to firm operating traffic cams, Karousos says  | Cyprus Mail