The grace period for drivers ends next Tuesday, when new cameras will be put into normal operation controlling four fixed points, two in Nicosia and two in Limassol.

Checks by the department of electromechanical services were done on Monday and the go-ahead was officially given to turn on the camera flashes.

The new cameras will begin operation on June 6 at the following points in Nicosia:
Makariou Avenue at its junction with Spyros Kyprianou Avenue and Digeni Akrita – three cameras.
Strovolos Avenue at its junction with Machairas Street – three cameras.

The following cameras have been installed and will operate in Limassol:
Makariou Avenue at the intersection with Nikos Pattichis Avenue (four cameras).
Archbishop Makarios Avenue at the intersection with Ayia Zoni Avenue (four cameras).

With the operation of the four points, the total number of fixed cameras will rise to 24. At the same time, 12 mobile cameras are currently operating, while soon they will increase to 20, which is the final number.
By end of year, the contracting company should have installed and delivered another 66 cameras in fixed points that will cover all cities except Famagusta, which will only be covered by mobile cameras.

With the completion of the second and last phase, 90 cameras will operate in fixed points and 20 mobile ones.

Meanwhile, some of the original points chosen for the installation of fixed cameras have changed, either due to changes in the road network or due to re-evaluation.

Specifically, in Nicosia no cameras will be installed at the Kalispera lights at the entrance to the capital, since the department of public works plans to create a large junction at a nearby point.

Also, cameras will not be placed on the Iosif Hatziiosif Avenue junction with Constantinople Avenue by the Water Board, due to technical problems.

Installation of cameras at the junction of Archangelos Avenue and Makedonitissa traffic lights (K Cineplex traffic lights) is being studied.

Three fixed points that had been chosen for placing cameras in Morphou are cancelled, due to the reconstruction of the highway with four traffic lanes and which will be controlled by mobile cameras.

Finally, in Limassol, there will be an adjustment to some points still to be determined, however, it is likely fixed cameras will be installed on the Limassol bypass from the hospital to the new port.

Additionally, changes being promoted in relation to the law on the photo-marking system have been put out for public consultation with the relevant bill expected to be tabled in parliament after the summer holidays.
Changes concern notification via SMS instead of only via the mail. Legislation will also be changed to require companies to name the driver of any vehicle caught by cameras.

Another amendment concerns criminalisation of obstruction of mobile cameras by drivers parking their vehicle behind the van thus blocking the recording of traffic violations.