News Local Public not informed on new cycling laws

Public not informed on new cycling laws

The state has failed to adequately inform the public on new cycling laws adopted by the House of Representatives in January 2018 and due to come into force on October 31, said Green MP Charalambous Theopemptou.

The new laws contain regulations such as that a cyclist must have both front and back lights switched on when dark and that she/he must drive on the left on cycling routes.

Although a six-month time frame was given to the government to inform the public, nothing was done, Theopemptou argues.

“The news laws contain responsibilities for drivers and cyclists that did not exist before, but nobody was informed about them. People do not know that some things they have done until now will become illegal soon. The government did not even prepare one informational TV spot for the public. The six-month time frame we gave to the government expires in October, however the new laws remain essentially unknown,” he said.

According to police statistics, during 1/1/2008-31/5/2018, 288 people were involved in cycling accidents, with 20 losing their lives and 167 seriously injured.

The new laws:

  • Any cyclist driving on a road or a cycling route that does not pay adequate caution to other persons who use the road is committing an offence and if convicted will be liable to a fine up to €1,000 and/or a three-month imprisonment.
  • Any person using a bike more than 120cm wide, without acquiring a permit, is committing an offence and if convicted will be liable to a fine up to €1,000 and/or a six-month imprisonment.
  • Any person driving a motorised vehicle who refuses, neglects or fails to adjust his vehicle’s speed and route in order to facilitate the movement of a bicycle or manoeuvres his vehicle in a way that puts the cyclist in danger or turns in a way that cuts off or obstructs the course of the cyclist is committing an offence if convicted will be liable to a fine up to €1,000 and/or a six-month imprisonment.
  • Any person driving a motorised vehicle, which drives, stops or parks her/his vehicle on a cycling route is committing an offence and if convicted will be liable to a fine up to €1,000.
  • Any person using a bicycle with the lights off is committing an offence and if convicted will be liable to a fine up to €500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Stories

Two more coronavirus cases, both with travel history

  Two people -- both with a travel history -- have tested positive for coronavirus after 1159 tests, bringing the total to 1010, the Health...

U.S. Supreme Court rules some Trump financial records can be revealed

  The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a New York prosecutor can obtain President Donald Trump's financial records but prevented - at least...

June beer sales down annual 19.5%

  Beer sales in June slumped an annual 19.5% reflecting the absence of tourists, although exports recorded a significant increase. Figures released by the Statistical Service...

Rules eased to allow daily visits to care homes

  Citing the improved epidemiological situation concerning the coronavirus outbreak, the Labour Ministry has updated rules governing visits to care homes for the elderly and...

Larnaca: 40 days jail for drunk driving

  Larnaca district court on Thursday sentenced a 53 year old man to 40 days in prison after finding him guilty of drunk driving and...

Taste

How to make triandafillo ice cream, by UK Cypriot chef Loulla Astin

  Just in time for the scorching heat, UK Cypriot chef Loulla Astin has shared her recipe for refreshing triantafillo ice cream -- or as...

Cyprus sprouts with cream and prosciutto

In a big, deep frying pan, fry the prosciutto in the olive oil, on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic...

Pork burger with sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and anchovies

Mix all the ingredients together with the mince in a bowl, and combine well. Divide into 4 balls and form the burgers. Warm a griddle/pan...

Sheftalies

Wash the lamb cauls with plenty of cold water and let them settle in water and vinegar for a little while. Soak the bread crumbs...