Tougher penalties planned for driving offences

Acting on a study prepared in 2016, the government is poised to approve legislation introducing stricter penalties for traffic offences, which could include on-the-spot suspension of driver’s licences in a bid to curb road violations that often lead to serious accidents, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Monday.

Speaking on Sigma television, Nicolaou said the changes were based on a study prepared by University of Cyprus, which concluded that no matter the penalties, if drivers did not think they would be dealt with harshly to the upper limits of the law when they were caught, they would continue to kill and maim.

Nicolaou said the study had showed that penalties for certain offences in Cyprus were the lowest in the EU.

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