Cyprus: Tougher Penalties Planned for Driving Offences

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On March 12th, Minister of Justice Ionas Nicolaou stated that the government was ready to approve legislation for providing increasingly stringent sanctions for traffic violations that could involve temporary suspension of driving licenses in order to reduce traffic violations that often lead to serious accidents.

Speaking on television, Nicolaou announced that the changes were based on a study conducted by the University of Cyprus, which noted that to urge drivers to comply with the rules of the road is possible only by applying the upper limit of sanctions provided for by law.

‘Based on this study, we prepared five or six draft laws that review fines related to the main causes of fatal accidents,’ Jonas Nicolaou said.

So, for example, it is suggested to increase the penalty for using the phone while driving from 85 euros to 300, to allow the police to seize the offender’s vehicle and suspend the driving license. It is also said that the sanctions applied should be proportional to the offense.