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Road safety laws set to be strengthened

New legislation set to be enforced next year will see doctors facing criminal charges if they falsify health records for senior citizens trying to renew their driving licences.

This is one of the ten measures that the Communications Ministry will be promoting in order to beef up road safety.

Other measures include the introduction of the narcotest in 2017. Tender candidates have already been called upon to supply the necessary equipment.

Another measure to be introduced is road surface lighting while a variety of amendments are set to affect driver’s licences.

A predetermined amount of compulsory driving tests and a compulsory theory test will need to be completed successfully before a candidate attempts to take their driving test. At the same time, the minimum age of obtaining a learner’s driver’s licence will be reduced from the current 17,5 to 17.

Senior citizens will also see procedures change in the way they are able to renew their driver’s licence, with the biggest change affecting doctors who could face criminal charges if they falsify health certificates.

Drastic changes are also in tune for driving schools and the way they operate. A school for driving instructors is set to be created ensuring that instructors are thoroughly trained and certified.

The Public Works Department has also prepared a study for so-called ‘dark spots’, problematic areas where large numbers of accidents have been recorded, where a number of improvements will be made to bolster road safety.

Next year will also see the introduction of car seats in nursery school buses for their students.

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  1. With reference to the driver caught at speed of 192k/ph, I have never understood why these idiot drivers are not banned for at least 10 years without exceptions nor mitigating arguments. I also do not understand why drivers who are seriously enebriated and not in proper control of themselves and their vehicle who cause death and or serious injury, are rarely if ever BANNED FOR LIFE from owning, being in charge of a vehicle or driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. One has always thought that the Law is gutless and incompetent. Alan Ferguson. London.

  2. I accept that my last sentance is harsh where I think lawmakers are seemingly biased in favour of serious criminality. The simple fact is that possibly some lawmakers who get drunk and also drive are afraid of being banned for life if they kill innocent people, so they make laws which protect there own criminal negligence. Feel free to “moderate” according to your rules if you think my comments are inpolite or inaccurate in principle. Alan Ferguson. London.

  3. Most of the Accidents are young drivers, the older ones are more responsible. Age discrimination.
    Traffic lights need to be fully operational in Paphos they are out for months, and people just disregard them.
    Frequently young drivers have just pulled out onto a main road without due care of other road users.