The Green Party on Wednesday called for the tightening of safety regulations on tractors after the latest death of a farmer in Paphos on Monday.
The party said every years there were a considerable number of deaths caused by tractors overturning. Most new tractors have improved safety features but hundreds of tractors are still being used in Cyprus without a safety cabin, the party said.
In 2003, the Greens filed a motion for withdrawal of these old tractors or to have them upgraded with cabins but there has been no response either from the government or parliament, the statement said.
“Since 2003, dozens of people have died under overturned tractor and for what? To save the state a few thousand euros,” said the Greens.
“How many lives must be lost before the obvious should be done”.
It said that in today’s climate small industries and businesses could benefit from the work in producing tractor cabins or extended bumpers, if regulations were put in place by the state.
“Apart from this, the government should consider that the cost in human lives is incalculable,” the party added.