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House to approve driving school for delinquent motorists

Parliament is expected to approve a bill creating a driving school for delinquent motorists, the chairman of the House transport committee said on Thursday.

Giorgos Prokopiou said the bill was expected to be approved by the plenum on Friday.

The school will be administered by the justice ministry.

The law concerns people who have been ordered by a court to attend classes following a conviction for a traffic violation, people who lost their licence for over three months, drivers who accumulate 12 penalty points and do the same a year later, and people who reached 10 points and voluntarily choose to attend.

Prokopiou said the classes will take place in the afternoon and their cost will not be prohibitive.

The scheme will start in Nicosia initially and then extended to other districts after the needs are determined.

A study published in December last year found Cypriot drivers are bad, careless, always in a hurry, stubborn, and dangerous.

They flout traffic rules and they are rude and selfish on the roads. People aged between 15 and 25 also said they lacked respect towards pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.

Many motorists also combine driving with other activities like phoning, messaging, eating and drinking, smoking, and some women go as far as doing their make-up and hair.

Out of the 50 road deaths in 2017, 14 were youths.

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