THE GOVERNMENT plans to have speed cameras installed across the island next year, justice minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Thursday.
The transport ministry is going ahead with inviting tenders for a camera system, Nicolaou told reporters coming out of a meeting with the road safety council.
He revealed also that authorities are mulling a small increase in the speed limit, noting for example that citations on Griva Dhigeni Avenue in Nicosia fell by a third since the speed limit was upped to 65 from 50.
Cameras were installed there in a bid to stop youths using the avenue for racing at night, but the move inevitably led to a surge of daytime citations as well.
Even after raising the speed limit, around 2000 citations a month are issued on that stretch of road.
Nicolaou said the government is also considering decreasing the age for student driving licences to 17.
Currently, learner/student licence holders must be aged 17.5 and be accompanied by a driver with a full driving license.
The proposed change would oblige young motorists, from age 17 to 17.5, to attend driving lessons and participate in driving simulation programmes
Another possible change in the pipeline would have motorists aged 70 and above undergo medical tests certifying they are able to drive safely.
“It is not our intention to inconvenience these people, we simply want to make sure that they drive with safety, both for their own sake and that of others,” Nicolaou said.