Roads across Cyprus will be fitted with over a hundred speed cameras by next year, according to the Electromechanical Services.
Speaking to state radio on Wednesday morning, Electromechanical Services Director Loucas Timotheou said an agreement was reached on Tuesday with the ministries of justice and communications to finally submit the terms and conditions to the Audit Office of the Republic of Cyprus to launch a tender.
The tender will seek a new company to provide new speed cameras with the winner of the competition to be tasked with providing, installing, operating and maintaining 90 fixed speed cameras and 20 mobile speed cameras on roads across the island.
“We are hoping to have the tender launched by mid-April,” confirmed Timotheou.
“We will then give a two-month period for possible appeals once a company has been selected with the aim of signing the contract by October. Once the pilot scheme has been completed and the cameras properly installed, we will have a fully-functioning command centre operating speed cameras across Cyprus by 2018.”
Timotheou went on to say that the cameras themselves will snap images of cars from behind – in a bid to preserve personal data rights – and will report cars that are speeding or violating red traffic lights.
The fines will arrive at the address of the offending motorist and he or she will have the chance to pay either online or by actually going to the police station.
Motorists can also appeal the fines.
“We feel confident that the implementation of the cameras will go smoothly. In the past we have seen tender competitions stalled. Unfortunately, it has become the norm for many companies to appeal the outcome of tenders but we have done extensive research ahead of this tender and spoken to many people also.”
“By 2018, we aim to have a perfect traffic camera system in Cyprus. The aim of this system is to lower the number of road deaths on the island. It is not simply a way for the government to make money. This is what some people need to understand.”