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Paphos clamping down on illegal parking

Paphos municipality said on Thursday it will be stepping up a campaign to stamp out illegal parking, taking special aim at those parked on pavements.

The municipality said traffic wardens will be carrying out strict checks with immediate fines being issued.

“To avoid unnecessary expenses and inconveniences, drivers are kindly requested to comply with the traffic code,” the announcement read.

Requests to cancel extrajudicial traffic fines will be rejected, AG’s office says | Cyprus Mail

The legal service said on Wednesday that all requests to cancel out extrajudicial traffic fines which became steeper and tougher on October 1, will not be accepted if such requests are outside the framework of the relevant legislation.

“Therefore, all extrajudicial fines should either be paid within the time limit provided by law or, if the complainant so wishes, be challenged before the court, whenever criminal proceedings are instituted for non-payment,” the legal service said in an announcement.

“In exceptional cases, if the complainants thinks that there is an obvious formal error in the issuance of the extrajudicial fine, they can also submit their complaint to the authorities, who, after evaluating it, will refer to the Attorney-general.

The announcement, however, specified that the submission of a request to the competent authorities does not cancel the deadline provided by the legislation for the payment of the fine.

Source: Requests to cancel extrajudicial traffic fines will be rejected, AG’s office says | Cyprus Mail

Driver fined €1,000 for speeding and not having car tax | Cyprus Mail

A 23-year-old man was fined €1,000 and had his licence suspended after he was found speeding during early morning hours on Wednesday.

Limassol district court fined the motorist €900 for speeding and an additional €100 for driving without car tax.

He also his driving licence suspended for a month.

Police arrested the driver a few minutes after midnight on Tuesday on Amathountas Avenue in Limassol. He was driving at 125 km/h on a street with a limit of 50 km/h.

Source: Driver fined €1,000 for speeding and not having car tax | Cyprus Mail

Slight decrease in traffic fines after charges go up | Cyprus Mail

Police booked 1,792 drivers for traffic offences during the first weekend since fines were increased, head of Nicosia traffic police Yiannakis Georgiou told the Cyprus Mail.

“There was a slight decrease in bookings, and we hope it continues,” Georgiou said.

The fines were issued between 6am on Saturday to midnight on Sunday, with 602 violations reported on the highways.

Since the increase on fines on Thursday, police issued a total of 2,363 fines, out of which 2,129 concerned violations that belonged to the revised fines.

“The main traffic violation was speed,” said Georgiou, with 1,054 of the fines issued in the last four days concerned with it.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility,” police said in a written announcement on Monday, and asked for the “compliance of all drivers to the traffic code”.

Police said they fined 79 people driving under the influence of alcohol since Thursday, 75 using mobile phones while driving, 87 not wearing a seat belt and 11 motorcyclists who did not wear a helmet. Another 28 drivers were booked for running the red light.

A total of 234 fines were issued against illegal parking, of which 104 concerned illegal parking on sidewalks and 23 concerned illegal parking in disability spaces.

Concerning lack of documents, police booked 329 drivers who did not have a valid road tax, 111 for driving vehicles without road tax and another 24 for driving without insurance. Police also fined 16 drivers for driving vehicles declared immobilised, while five drivers were fined who did not have a valid driving license.

According to the new fine increases, drivers failing to wear a seat belt will be fined €150 and €300 in case of a second offence within three years.

The fine for not wearing a helmet rose from €85 to €200 and then €300 for a second violation.

Using a mobile phone while at the wheel increased to €150, instead of the previous €85, with the fine potentially rising to €300 in case of a second violation within three years.

The fine for parking in a spot reserved for the disabled will rise from €85 to €300, as will the one for drivers who run a red light.

All the revised penalties have been posted on the website www.roadsafetycyprus.gov.cy.

Source: Slight decrease in traffic fines after charges go up | Cyprus Mail

New traffic fines fail to intimidate drivers, no fall in violations in first 24 hours | Cyprus Mail

More than 600 traffic offences were recorded in the first 24 hours after heftier fines came into force on Thursday, the head of Nicosia traffic police, Yiannakis Georgiou told the Cyprus Mail.

On Thursday, the first day the new penalties came into effect, there were 634 violations islandwide, Georgiou said on Friday.

“This means that drivers weren’t affected by the heavier fines. They just don’t care,” he said.

According to the traffic police head, the number of violations recorded on Thursday was around the usual number. Police usually book 500-700 drivers for traffic violations daily.

“The public must realise that things are serious and start respecting the traffic law and think about themselves and stop putting the life of others in danger,” Georgiou added.

Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis said on Friday that the new fines would bring results after a reasonable amount of time, if not immediately.

She also said that high penalties aim at reducing the number of road deaths and injuries and were not an end in themselves.

“We want to promote the cultivation of traffic awareness from a young age and unfortunately the punishments are part of the whole effort, although not an end in itself,” she said after a meeting with Cyprus worker’s confederation SEK.

In 2019, there were 48 deaths from fatal traffic accidents, while the country recorded 67 deaths per million inhabitants, according to recent data from Eurostat. This is higher than the EU average of 51 deaths per million.

As of Thursday, drivers failing to wear a seat belt will have to pay a €150 fine and €300 in case of a second offence within three years.

The fine for not wearing a helmet rises from the current €85 to €200 and then €300 for a second violation.

Using a mobile phone while at the wheel will now cost drivers €150, instead of the current €85, with the fine potentially rising to €300 in case of a second violation within three years.

The fine for parking in a spot reserved for the disabled will rise from €85 to €300, as will the one for drivers who run a red light.

All the revised penalties have been posted on the website www.roadsafetycyprus.gov.cy.

Source: New traffic fines fail to intimidate drivers, no fall in violations in first 24 hours | Cyprus Mail

Hefty new fines from Thursday for driving violations | Cyprus Mail

From Thursday, fines for motorcyclists not wearing a crash helmet will more than double to €200, while those not wearing a seat belt will have to fork out €150.

The increased fines are part of a raft of tough new measures for traffic violations which cover speeding, drink-driving, reckless driving, failing to wear a helmet or a seat belt, and cell phone use while driving.

The changes are part of an ongoing effort aimed at limiting Cyprus’ high number of road deaths and serious injuries. At 67 deaths per 1 million inhabitants, the island has more road deaths per one million inhabitants than the EU average of 51.

“We hope that the increased penalties for traffic violations will help improve the safety on our roads and, at the same time, we expect full cooperation from drivers,” a police statement released on Tuesday said.

“Only this way can we drastically reduce road accidents and the consequent loss of lives on our roads.”

For some violations, the new penalties are extremely severe. For example, drivers failing to wear a seat belt will have to pay a €150 fine, which will be raised to €300 if there is a second offence within three years.

The fine for not wearing a helmet will rise from the current €85 to €200 and then €300 for a second violation.

Using a mobile phone while at the wheel will now cost drivers €150, instead of the current €85, with the fine potentially rising to €300 in case of a second violation within three years.

The fine for parking in a spot reserved for the disabled will rise from €85 to €300, as will the one for drivers who run a red light.

All the revised sentences have been posted on the website www.roadsafetycyprus.gov.cy.

Source: Hefty new fines from Thursday for driving violations | Cyprus Mail

THE TRAFFIC POLICE TO HAVE NEW ‘WEAPONS’ TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS

Filenews 26 September 2020 – byMichalis Hatzivasilis

In addition to the increased penalties coming on 1 October, Traffic will have two more weapons at its disposal to track down illegal drivers on the roads in an effort to reduce accidents.

In the next few days it will receive ten new patrol cars with radar installed to detect speed offences, while in the control of drivers on motorways will be thrown all five conventional vehicles at the disposal of the Traffic Police. The advantage of the 10 patrol cars that will be given to the members of the Traffic Police is that they will be able to detect speed offences on the go. So far, radar checks have been carried out by a parked vehicle or by a police officer holding it in his hand. Now the new radars will allow traffic officers to carry out speed checks while they themselves are moving on motorways. This will give Traffic an advantage to surprise drivers who do not expect control from a police car that is either in front of them, behind them, or even at their side.

Until now, drivers knew that at certain points on motorways they were “setting up” radars so when they approached they lowered speed and as soon as they passed the point or saw that there was no police car they continued to breach the speed limit. It is noted that all 10 patrol cars with radar installed will be given for patrol on major roads and not for cities.

As far as conventional vehicles are concerned, the Traffic Department currently has five which it uses on major roads. The advantage of these vehicles is that they have no badges, no beacons but sirens and so are not perceived by drivers to comply proactively. The officers who staff them will wear uniform so that the drivers at the check know that they are Police.

Meanwhile, Traffic is starting from next Monday a campaign to control drivers in cities and in general in residential areas, after it has been found that 84% of accidents occur in urban areas and 64% in general in residential areas. The controls will mainly cover speed, safety belts and a mobile phone while driving.

TALA COMMUNITY NEWS: NO MORE TOLERANCE OF 20% IN EXCEEDING THE SPEED LIMIT FROM 1 OCTOBER

Tolerance for exceeding the speed limit in cities and residential areas in general is permanently reduced and from the 20% in force so far it falls to 10%.

The Road Safety Board yesterday approved the Traffic Department’s recommendation to lower the limit, on the grounds that most fatal and serious road collisions occur in cities.

Traffic essentially decided to follow the English model that provides tolerance of 10% plus two kilometers.
Thus, from 1 October drivers will be denounced as follows according to the Director of Traffic, Giannaki Georgiou:

  • For a limit of up to 30 km (urban roads and others) the tolerance will be up to 35 km and from 36 and above offenders will be reported.
  • For a limit of 50 km or more which is the most common in towns and villages, the tolerance will be up to 57 km and from 58 and above there will be complaints from drivers. So far the complaints have been made from 63 km or more.
  • For a limit of 65 km. tolerance will be 73.5 km. and of the 74 complaints will be made.

It does not change the tolerance limit of 20% on motorways and long-city roads which are 100 km and 80 respectively and remains at 120 km and 97, respectively.

According to information provided by the “F”, the Department of Public Works argued that the tolerance limit on motorways should also be reduced to 110 km plus two, but this proposal was not accepted because there is no serious problem of fatal road collisions on major roads, since deaths range from one to three a year.

The Road Safety Council also addressed the issue of extending the powers of municipal traffic wardens, with the Minister of Justice, Emily Yolitis, calling on municipalities to contact the Chief of Police asking for permission to give traffic wardens powers to report drivers for 53 offences other than those entitled to report them now.

Already, the Municipalities of Nicosia and Ayia Napa have proceeded to extend the powers of their traffic wardens. Those municipalities that express an interest, then their members who will report, will be trained by the Police.

Source: TALA COMMUNITY NEWS: NO MORE TOLERANCE OF 20% IN EXCEEDING THE SPEED LIMIT FROM 1 OCTOBER

Police efforts to reduce road deaths will see clampdown on speeding in cities | Cyprus Mail

Part of police efforts to reduce road deaths will mean less tolerance for drivers within cities who exceed the speed limit.

Currently, drivers who are 20 per cent above the speed limit are given a pass but under a new proposal this could be reduced to 10 per cent above the limit.

The move comes as 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. Their study will be presented to the Road Safety Council next week.

Cyprus also ranks as one of the highest countries in the EU as regards road deaths per head of the population.

As the focus is speeding within the city areas, the 20 per cent leniency shown towards those speeding on the highways is unlikely to be tinkered with.

Under current regulations, if the speed limit is 50km/h on a city road then a driver will be fined if they are going above 70km/h. With the new proposal, however, the driver will be fined if they are going above 60km/h.

Last week, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos set the timeframe for the installation of traffic cameras to begin in the first two months of 2021 – provided there are no appeals during the tenders’ process.

While reducing road deaths is a top priority, so is reducing the ballooning traffic load currently plaguing Nicosia.

Since schools reopened on Monday, much of Nicosia has been gridlocked and traffic jams far above the usual levels.

Director of Road Transport Giannakis Georgiou said that there will be more traffic police on duty at major intersections to try and smooth out the flow of cars.

The difficulties are immense, as according to Georgiou the daily number of cars entering the capital now stands at 56,000, compared to the same period last year when there were 38,000.

Nicosia mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis said earlier this week that each year when schools reopen there is a great increase in traffic which typically tapers off to the usual levels.

He noted that the main issue arises from the vast majority of people relying on private transport and this has also been the major mode of transportation for decades.

Source: Police efforts to reduce road deaths will see clampdown on speeding in cities | Cyprus Mail

TALA COMMUNITY NEWS: CHANGES AFOOT RE LICENSING, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE

Filenews 12 September 2020 – by Vasos Vassiliou

Thousands of applicants to obtain a normal vehicle saloon driving licence will have to go through ten compulsory driving lessons, while applicants to obtain a normal motorcycle driving licence will have to pass up to 17 courses paying hundreds of euros each. Approximately 25,000 student licences are issued each year for all types of vehicles.

Those who ride a motorcycle, even for 40-50 years, will be surprised, since at some stage the student driving licence will cease to be valid and will be replaced by a normal licence, after the candidates pass practical courses of an approved driving school. Many of the drivers have never been in the process of securing a normal motorcycle driving licence, which they will be obliged to do in the future.

The issue of compulsory courses was discussed yesterday before the parliamentary Transport Committee and the Deputy Director of the Department of Road Transport, Giannis Nikolaidis, said that the issue was discussed with the associations of driving schools involved and common positions emerged which are reflected in the bill under discussion.

Referring to category B, i.e. the category in which saloon vehicles are classified, Mr Nikolaidis said that instead of five courses that were the original intention, after consultation they increased to ten. When someone is rejected in the examination that will be submitted, they will be required to attend another five courses.

With regard to motorcycles, Mr Nikolaidis said that compulsory training (lessons) would be introduced, which currently applies only to large-scale motorcycles over 600cc (A3). There are no courses for motorcycles in the category of 125cc or even in the category up to 400cc, said Mr Nikolaidis who clarified that interested parties must first obtain a 125cc licence, then a licence with which they can ride a 400cc motorcycle and finally a licence without a cubic restriction.

Special reference was made to delivery men who drive on a student licence, which is considered dangerous. There was a feeling in the bystander position that someone who has been driving on a student licence even for several years doesn’t know how to drive, so he has to go through classes.

It is noted that every year the state collects hundreds of thousands of euros from the issue and/or renewal of marketing authorisations. Many of the drivers because they do not intend to switch to a higher category have never attempted to obtain a normal licence, since they did not need them.

Source: TALA COMMUNITY NEWS: CHANGES AFOOT RE LICENSING, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE