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Mandatory road-safety messages to be included in ads for cars and alcohol | Cyprus Mail

The transport ministry on Saturday announced that the House plenum has approved an amendment to the Road Safety Act 2022, allowing it to regulate advertisements and other such activities that concern the sale of alcohol and vehicles.

“By law, it will now be mandatory to include communication messages about road safety issues in advertisements related to the purchase of vehicles and alcohol consumption,” the ministry said.

“These messages will be determined by a decree from the minister of transport, in which the requirements and relevant details will be provided,” it added.

According to the amending bill, the minister may, by decree published in the Official Gazette, establish requirements for the purpose of improving road safety, with the inclusion of communication messages in advertisements promoting the purchase of vehicles or advertisements related to the consumption of alcohol or determine other ways to incorporate this type of communication into vehicle sales or alcohol advertising.

What is more, the ministry clarified that the obligation to include the messages rests, based on the law, on the person on whose behalf the product is promoted.

This bill is part of a series of initiatives, actions and legislative arrangements that the transport ministry has implemented in the interest of road safety.

Other actions include the installation of the traffic camera system, the institution of road safety ambassadors, the grant schemes for protective equipment for motorcyclists, the significant increase in the road safety budget, as well as the promotion of roadworthiness testing for motorcycles.

In addition, the ministry has also implemented the child-seat grant scheme for buses, the passing of the electric scooter law, and the completion of related bills for driving schools and instructors, as well as the bill concerning the mandatory recording and declaration of road collision damages in the history of each vehicle.

The ministry said that in February 2022 it also submitted to the House various amendments to the driving licence law, through which driving on the road network is regulated in such a way that learners of all categories of mopeds and motorcycles can be trained while on the road network.

This means that they can be accompanied and under the direct supervision of a licensed driving instructor.

The amendment also dictates that mopeds and motorcycle drivers who are riding while working, such as when distributing food or documents, must, in addition to the protective helmet, also carry additional protective equipment, such as an airbag for motorcyclists.

In his statements, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos welcomed the passing of the amending bill, stating that “we now have at our disposal an excellent tool, which we will use to promote, promote and inform road safety issues”.

“Now in every advertisement, television, radio, digital, print or other, which is related to the purchase of vehicles and the consumption of alcohol, a relevant message about road safety will also necessarily be included,” he added.

The minister explained that by enforcing this rule, the public will be further exposed to road safety messages and other pieces of communication.

“The first decree will be issued in January 2023 after a relevant consultation in December,” Karousos said.

“I would like to thank the chairman of the parliamentary committee on transport, Marinos Moushiouttas, as well as the committee’s members, for their cooperation and support of the bill,” the minister concluded.

Source: Mandatory road-safety messages to be included in ads for cars and alcohol | Cyprus Mail

36 people have died so far this year in traffic accidents | Cyprus Mail

Thirty-six people have died in traffic accidents since the start of the year, police confirmed on Tuesday, despite the introduction of traffic cameras.

Limassol recorded the largest number of deaths at 13 in comparison to last year, when for the whole of the year it was seven. In Nicosia the numbers from last year, which were 14, almost halved to eight for 2022.

Paphos and Larnaca have so far recorded the same number of road deaths as last year with four and six respectively.

In the Famagusta area a total of five have died in comparison to last year, when the number was six, while in Morphou no deaths have been recorded, whereas last year there was one.

The total number of 36 resulted from 34 crashes, in relation to 44 fatal crashes throughout 2021 that caused 45 deaths.

Last year most victims were drivers or passengers (23 in total), while a large portion of the dead were motorcyclists and moped riders, since of the total of 45 deaths, 14 were bike riders. Also, six people who died last year were pedestrians, while one e-scooter and one cyclist also died.

Meanwhile, in a report published in Phileleftheros, a traffic police source said that results from the installation of dozens of traffic cameras will be visible next year, when an expected decrease in the number of deaths should be recorded.

 

Source: 36 people have died so far this year in traffic accidents | Cyprus Mail

New bill would see police officers kitted out with cameras | Cyprus Mail

Υπό δρακόντεια μέτρα ασφάλειας και φορώντας αλεξίσφαιρο γιλέκο οδηγήθηκε, εκ νέου σήμερα, στο Επαρχιακό Δικαστήριο Λεμεσού, ο Ηλίας Μούζος.

Police officers will be kitted out with cameras, or ‘body cams’ as they are more widely known, while plainclothes officers would also be allowed to record, under a new bill submitted to parliament.

The bill is to now be reviewed by the House legal affairs committee, with the stated aim being for the protection of the public and the officers themselves.

As it stands, the bill sets out some criteria for officers to start recording although the language is vague and there is wide scope for its use.

The bill states that officers will be free to record while carrying out their duties if they feel that it will protect them from physical or verbal attacks, as well as from unsubstantiated allegations.

It also aims to protect the public from potential arbitrary use of power from officers, while also improving evidence-gathering during investigations.

Recording can take place during the search and or arrest, during the pursuit of a person, when conducting high risk operations and during riots or mass gatherings disturbing public order.

The listed provisions and restrictions for its use include that a person be informed, when and where possible, that they are being recorded. Continued use of the camera for extended periods is not permitted, according to the bill and the recording will cease once the incident for which it was operated is over.

Recording sensitive parts of a person during a search is not permitted.

It is also stated that the recordings will be securely stored so as not to be tampered with, leaked, or any other potential misuse.

Recordings which are not useful or related to an investigation are to be deleted within 30 days at the latest.

Body cams worn by police are used in most countries to some extent.

Source: New bill would see police officers kitted out with cameras | Cyprus Mail

Photo exhibition of car wrecks aims to raise road-safety awareness | Cyprus Mail

Photos from fatal car accidents will go on display at the road safety park in Nicosia starting Sunday to raise awareness among the public, it was announced on Saturday.

The initiative is part of cooperation between police and the Cyprus News Agency.

The exhibition is part of the annual ‘Police Week’. Each accident photo will be displayed with the dates and ages of the victims involved.

Police selected a total of 12 pictures in coordination with the photography association ‘Orasis’, which also edited some of the pictures.

In just the first half of 2022, a total of 25 people died in traffic accidents, according to police statistics published every six months.  Police only publish the stats twice yearly.

Since June however, there have been several more road deaths, the latest one being a 76-year-old Briton who died after being hit by a car, while crossing the street in Peyia on Wednesday.

“Traffic awareness is required behind the wheel and through this exhibition we are trying to raise awareness among the public who will visit during the ‘Police Week’ event on Sunday,” Police Spokesman, Christos Andreou said.

He added that on Sunday, the exhibit will be open for the public, and that the rest of the week until November 11, students will be attending informative sessions in coordination with the education ministry.

“We are expecting 800 to 850 children from year five in primary school to third year lyceum students, age groups that are of immediate interest to us, so that they can learn about the police’s role, and we can attempt to cement road safety to them,” he said.

During Police Week events, members of the force showcase their equipment and police. There will also be activities for small children.

There will be exhibition stands of various police departments and services, staffed by their members, who will provide advice and other information about the tasks they perform, while informative material will also be available.

Justice Minister Stephi Dracou and Police Chief Stelios Paptheodorou will open the event on Sunday at 11:30am.

Source: Photo exhibition of car wrecks aims to raise road-safety awareness | Cyprus Mail

Cabinet approves electric charging station scheme | Cyprus Mail

Cabinet on Wednesday rubberstamped a €3.7 million scheme for 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country.

The efforts are part of the national recovery and resilience plan titled ‘rapid transition to a green economy – sustainable transport.’ Beneficiaries for the scheme include companies, associations, foundations, NGOs, local government authorities and individuals.

Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said this was one more step to boost electric vehicles in the country, with the aim to have 1000 stations by 2026.

Submitted by the transport ministry, the scheme will be implemented in two phases. Applications for the first phase are accepted until January 31, 2023 with a budget of €1.8m. The second phase will be announced near the end of 2023, with the remaining sum of money.

Spots for the charging stations include public parking spots, private parking, petrol stations and designated areas for electric vehicle charging stations.

Every beneficiary can receive funding for up to four charging stations per district, at a maximum of 15 across the country. Local authorities are exempted from the rule and can place eight stations in their district.

As part of the scheme, half the expenditure can be compensated by the state, with a maximum amount depending on the charger’s output power. Charging stations in rural areas will receive up to 55 per cent of funding.

Applications and more information can be made at https://ev1000.cea.org.cy.

Source: Cabinet approves electric charging station scheme | Cyprus Mail

Police call on parents to ensure children’s safety in vehicles | Cyprus Mail

Police on Thursday reiterated calls to parents over child safety in cars following a Limassol accident that led to the hospitalisation of a 7-year-old child who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt.

Meanwhile, the boy’s parents have claimed their son was buckled up in the front passenger seat.

The accident occurred around 3.40pm on Wednesday, when a car driving on Vasileos Pavlou Street entered Omonia Avenue and under conditions that are being investigated, crashed into another car which then hit the wall of a nearby store.

The second car was driven by the grandmother of the boy who was seated in the front. They were both taken via ambulance to the hospital as a precaution. The boy, who suffered bruises on his chest and head, was then taken to the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia for precautionary reasons where he continues to be treated.

The accident caused an uproar on social media as it was initially reported the child was not wearing a seatbelt, citing information from traffic police.

A netizen posted an article of the accident on social media explaining the importance of the use of car seats for young children. “For those of you who say ‘hush, but why do you still have the 8-year-old in a child car seat? What’s the point of keeping him in a seat until he’s 12? We didn’t have [child] seats and we grew up just fine.’ That’s the reason”.

The parents of the child rushed to defend themselves, saying that police have yet to take a statement from them.

“I have as a witness the person who pulled the child out of the car. They told me that to rescue him, they took off the seatbelt he was wearing,” the father of the child told AlphaNews on Thursday.

In the same article however, the online media cited sources from the Limassol traffic police who suggested the child was ejected from his seat and hit the windshield.

Meanwhile, road safety officer Giorgos Milis confirmed to the Cyprus Mail that examinations have not been concluded, so police have yet to determine whether the child was buckled up.

According to the relevant legislation, children up to 135cm height have to be on a child car seat, while those over 135cm to 150cm should be using a booster seat.

“The seatbelt should always be across the shoulder and chest as it is in adults, if it’s in the right position in the middle of the upper body then the child is safe,” the officer said.

Although police advise that children under the age of 16 are seated in the back seat, the law allows for minors to be in the front seat, since there are vehicles without back seats.

But Millis stressed that when younger children are seated in the front, the airbag should be electronically deactivated since it could cause injuries.

“We have had such cases in the past. Airbags can injure a child or break a child’s teeth,” the road safety officer said.

Source: Police call on parents to ensure children’s safety in vehicles | Cyprus Mail

An arrest a day: bases police issue dangerous driving warning | Cyprus Mail

British bases police in Dhekelia made 14 arrests during two weeks in October for driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI).

These statistics have led to increased police patrols in ‘hot-spot’ areas within the bases. Superintendent Panicos Panayi emphasised that this reckless behaviour will simply not be tolerated by the bases police.

He also revealed that those caught were aged between 20 and 25, a troubling statistic which suggests that despite the best efforts of authorities, young drivers are ignoring road safety advice.

“This is extremely serious and also very worrying. Driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or both, simply cannot be tolerated,” he said.

“The SBA police have gone to great lengths to educate young drivers about the dangers of these actions and it would seem that the message is still not getting through to some.”

The penalty for DUIs are severe, with huge fines, driving bans and even prison sentences for some.

This is a message that Panayi was keen to hit home: “If you are caught, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and you can expect no leniency. Driving in this state puts lives at risk and can destroy families and we cannot let that happen.”

DUIs are two of the most common reasons for deaths on the road and the other three, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and riding without a crash helmet, make up what police officers call the ‘Fatal 5’.

And tackling these areas of concern will always remain at the top of the police priority list according to Panayi.

“We have to continue to tackle breaches of the ‘Fatal 5’,” he said. “If people ignore these laws, then lives can be lost and it is absolutely preventable. Simply by fastening a seatbelt you can save a life, so why wouldn’t you do it?”

Source: An arrest a day: bases police issue dangerous driving warning | Cyprus Mail

Another hit-and-run shooting of traffic camera employees (Update) | Cyprus Mail

 

Police are investigating another shooting of mobile traffic camera operators which occurred on Monday.

The latest case was reported by a company employee who told police that around 9:45 pm on Monday night, while the complainant was inside the company vehicle, parked on the Rizoelia – Ayia Napa highway between Pyla and Xylotymbou, a dark-coloured large displacement motorcycle with two riders approached. The complainant heard two loud bangs and saw the motorcycle speeding away. He was unable to see the riders’ faces as they wore helmets.

The employee got out to check what had happened and found damage to the rear of the vehicle whereupon he called the police.

Police went to the scene and carried out tests which revealed that the damage was caused by shots from a hunting rifle.

Police spokesperson Christos Andreou, said the scene was cordoned off immediately and experts began collecting evidence that may help determine the identity of the perpetrators.

“Police investigations are currently in the very early stages,” he said.

Andreou added that this is a very serious case and on Tuesday a meeting is expected to take place with the company to set in place measures to prevent further such incidents and protect the mobile camera employees.

Less than two week ago, two traffic camera operators were were shot at and injured in a similar incident in Kokkinotrimithia.

Asked about the previous incident, Andreou said some people had been called in for questioning, however, despite this, no new evidence had emerged until today.

Police are continuing investigations into both incidents.

Source: Another hit-and-run shooting of traffic camera employees (Update) | Cyprus Mail

Traffic police seize eighteen motorcycles, six cars (Update) | Cyprus Mail

Limassol traffic police on Sunday carried out a coordinated operation to tackle juvenile delinquency, noise pollution and the nuisance caused by motorcycles that have been mechanically altered.

Police announced that during the operation, from 7am to 7pm, they confiscated a total of 18 large displacement motorcycles and six cars.

Additionally, more than 60 people were booked for various traffic offences, including a young rider caught driving his motorcycle, recklessly, with no registration plates, in the opposite direction to traffic.

The young man was halted and submitted to a drug test with positive result.

Elsewhere, over the past three days, Paphos traffic police booked 140 drivers, including 47 for speeding and 24 for drunk driving.

Island-wide police efforts to reduce fatal and serious road collisions, continue on a daily basis.

Source: Traffic police seize eighteen motorcycles, six cars (Update) | Cyprus Mail

All systems go for EV transition, more than 1,300 new registrations this year | Cyprus Mail

As of last month, 1,343 new electric vehicles (EV) have been registered in Cyprus, surpassing the year’s goal by 144 per cent, the transport ministry said.

The switch to electric vehicles is aimed to reach 25 per cent of new registrations by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2035, it added.

“Cyprus is making a huge effort towards the national goal of zero greenhouse emissions by 2050,” the ministry announced on Friday to mark ‘World Electric Mobility’ day.

Approximately 50 per cent of greenhouse emissions on the island are due to road vehicles, the ministry said, adding that, owing to the government’s intense promotion, as of August 2022, 1,343 new EVs have been registered or ordered, superseding the year’s goal by 144 per cent.

In the category of full electric cars and small commercial vehicles, approvals and orders exceeded the 426 available sponsorships, by drawing on savings that came from other categories of the plan, the announcement said.

In the electric moped/motorcycle category, approvals were given for all available sponsorships and 142 additional orders were confirmed, which are eligible to receive a subsidy. In addition, 175 new electric bicycles have been officially approved or ordered.

The greatest demand appeared to be for full electric cars, mopeds/motorcycles, and small commercial EVs, however, there is not yet a sufficiently developed market to make electric buses financially attractive.

As regards the plan’s provision for retiring old vehicles combined with the purchase of a full EV or hybrid vehicle, all 433 available approvals have been given and 359 have been confirmed so far, while it is expected that the confirmations may exceed the maximum number of available sponsorships and will again be covered by savings from other categories. The total budget for this sponsorship amounts to €7,611,000.

In its continuing effort to promote electrification a new wave of plans and incentives is in the works, the ministry said, including switching all government vehicles to EVs.

These plans will take into account the interest shown in each vehicle category, as well as comments and suggestions from citizens and agencies, including extension of electric bicycle sponsorship.

The ministry is also developing the necessary EV infrastructure, for which it is preparing a grant scheme for the installation of 1,000 publicly accessible recharging stations, and simplifying legislation to allow private sector recharge points.

Source: All systems go for EV transition, more than 1,300 new registrations this year | Cyprus Mail