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Minister says traffic cameras pilot to be operational by 2020

The last experiment with traffic cameras 12 years ago

News that the government is calling for tenders for the much anticipated, often delayed speed cameras was met with scepticism on Tuesday.

Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastasiadou announced earlier in the week the pilot version of the speed cameras should begin operating in the first six months of 2020, while the full implementation of the cameras should be achieved by 2022.

The cost is expected to reach some €35.2m for the first five years.

There will be a total of 90 cameras nationwide which will remain stationary and 20 cameras that will be mobile. According to Anastasiadou, the tender procedure should be completed in three months, when the agreement with the contractor should be signed.

Reports outlined there would be 19 stationary cameras in Nicosia across six locations, 31 in Limassol in 10 locations, 14 in Larnaca in 10 locations, 14 in Paphos in 10 locations, four in the agricultural area of Larnaca, two on the old road between Limassol and Paphos and six in Troodos.

The cameras will aim to record drivers who run a red light or those who are speeding. If it appears the driver was also on their mobile phone or driving without a seatbelt, this will result in an increase in the payable fine and penalty points.

Talks of bringing back cameras after they were briefly introduced over a decade ago and then abandoned have cropped up over the years but with no concrete results.

The latest news received a mixed response on Facebook. “Don’t consider it a given that the cameras are back,” one user wrote. “By the time the contractor is selected, of course there will be an appeal that will take another five or six years to be decided. By then, the third world war may break out, people may use their donkeys again and then we’ll be spared the cameras.”

Nonetheless, the minister stated she was confident things would proceed well and stipulated that beyond the cameras, there was a need to change the driving culture that exists in the country.

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