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Cyprus ready to be peppered with traffic cameras

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.”

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4 comments

  1. Whilst the matter of speeding does need to be addressed, the greatest danger in Cyprus is not only the speeding, but also the manner in which people drive. The highways are littered with police enforcing a 100KPH limit, which is ludicrous in this day and age, yet people drive around at horrendous speeds in urban areas, they ignore lights and they are on the phone.

    The standard of driving is a disgrace, and spans across all ages and genders. The offences of ‘Driving without due care and attention’ along with ‘Dangerous Driving’ should be enforced, mercilessly, first.

  2. Will never be perfect when you don’t use them correctly ie: take the front of the car! so no argument who is driving it! I doubt there is any country in the world doing it the Cyprus way.

  3. Susan Harrison. If a speed camera flashes, it cannot take a pic of the front of a car. It’ can blind the driver. I do believe travello speed cameras can take pics of the front of a car as they use infrared, but the most common camera in the uk is a Gatso and it flashes and that’s why they have to take a pic of the rear.
    So all depends on the technology that is used which way they will take the pic.
    The interesting thing for me is the red light cameras. They will make an absolute fortune 🙂

  4. We need a police force that will enforce the rules (like the French, Gendarmes, pay the fine now or we take a ride to the hole in the wall or you surrender your car.) not as usually happens – guided by the ‘my brother knows your father network’ rules.