On the spot fines for speeding and drunk driving in Cyprus
Under new legislation, the Cyprus Police now have the powers to collect on the spot fines and give points to motorists who are speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol in Cyprus.

Enforced vigorously

Be very aware the Cyprus Police are enforcing the limits rigorously, so please don’t think the law doesn’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. I’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:

  • €100 for up to 35mg/dL
  • €200 and two penalty points for between 36mg/dL and 55mg/dL
  • €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 €400 and at least €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 €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 €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 €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 €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 €2.0km/h.

The legal limit in the highway is between 65km/h and 100km/h.

Points

Don’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.

2 Responses to On the spot fines for speeding and drunk driving in Cyprus

  1. nick says:

    “always see at least two and often more radar speed traps. I’m also very accustomed to being breathalysed when driving late in the evening as a part of every car being stopped and tested.”

    Really? Are you sure you are talking about Cyprus?

    • admin says:

      Hi Nick

      Yes, certain. I live near Paphos and travel the Highway to Nicosia two or three times a week. Every day without exception I see a number of speed traps. They seem to especially like the tunnel near Akrotiri with its 80kph limit. The speed traps aren’t restricted to the Highway either, there is a local village where more often than not they are set up to catch speeding motorists.

      As for breathalysing, that happens very frequently late at night in Paphos. It also happens from time to time in Polis. I have direct and frequent experience of both. I hear (though have no direct experience) it happens very often in Limassol too.

      I have no connection whatsoever with the Police, but I do support what they are doing. Far too often I still see motorists driving well in excess of the speed limit on the Highway. That is often coupled with driving too close, undertaking and various other tactics that are life threatening for the driver involved (and whoever they hit in the process). I also see people drink large quantities and then get in their cars to drive home. I’m sorry, but that’s just wrong and irresponsible.

      Mike

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