Be very aware the Cyprus Police are enforcing the limits rigorously, so please donâ€™t think the law doesnâ€™t apply to you.
I drive regularly on the Highway between Paphos and Nicosia, and always see at least two and often more radar speed traps. Iâ€™m also very accustomed to being breathalysed when driving late in the evening as a part of every car being stopped and tested.
What are the drunk driving penalties in Cyprus?
For drinking under the influence of alcohol, the Cyprus Police will issue on-the-spot fines and/or penalty points to anyone whose breath test registers up to 70 micrograms per 100 ml. The limit is 22mg/dL. The fines are:
- â‚¬100 for up to 35mg/dL
- â‚¬200 and two penalty points for between 36mg/dL and 55mg/dL
- â‚¬300 and three penalty points for between 56 mg/dL and 70mg/dL.
- Anyone reading over 70mg/dL will go to court and could get six penalty points, a fine of up to â‚¬400 and at least â‚¬150, and/or a jail sentence.
What are the speeding penalties in Cyprus?
Drivers will also be issued on-the-spot fines and will be punished with â‚¬1.0 for each kilometre per hour when they have exceeded the limit by up to 30 per cent.
When driving between 31 per cent and 50 per cent faster than the limit, drivers will pay â‚¬2.0 per km/h and two penalty points.
Driving between 51 per cent and 75 per cent faster than the limit is punishable costs â‚¬3.0 per km/h and three penalty points.
Driving on the highway between 101km/h and 130km/h or between 64km/h and 45km/h is punishable with â‚¬1.0 per km/h.
When drivers are caught driving on the highway between 131km/h and 150km/h or between 44km/h and 32km/h, they get fined â‚¬2.0km/h.
The legal limit in the highway is between 65km/h and 100km/h.
Donâ€™t think that when driving in Cyprus on a non-Cypriot licence you are exempt from penalty points. The Cyprus Police now issue points in the same way o all drivers, regardless of where their driving licence has been issued.
Drivers who accumulate 12 penalty points or more may lose their licence.
Please drive safely in Cyprus
The latest EU figures highlight the problem. Comparing road deaths per million inhabitants:
- EU average: 61 deaths per million inhabitants
- UK: 31 deaths per million inhabitants
- Cyprus: 75 deaths per million inhabitants
From these figures, the risk of being killed on the roads of Cyprus is more than twice the similar risk in the UK. Please drive safely in Cyprus.