Car safety in Cyprus
Car and road rules need to be adhered to in any country that you want to legally be allowed to use a vehicle, so it is well worth reading up in some of the particular rules that Cyprus has compared to your own country.
If you are from the UK it likely that you will feel right at home in Cyprus as the legacy of the colonial past has left a mark on the Cypriot legal system and most of the UK rules of the road are adhered to in Cyprus. It is however useful to ensure that you understand the nuances of each country that you travel in when you are hiring a car in paphos.
Here is a link to the Cyprus Highway Code.
And more information can be found here at Cyprus Driving.
The main Cyprus highway codes that you need to be aware of:
- The minimum age at which an applicant can receive a learner permit is 17.5.
- Drive on the left in Cyprus (as in the UK, unlike the rest of western Europe)
- Permit holders must be 18 years of age to legally drive.
General safety and child passengers:
- Seat belts for driver and passengers are compulsory.
- Children from five to ten years of age may occupy the front passenger seat provided a child’s seat belt has been fitted.
- It is obligatory for all children under the age of five to sit in the back, strapped into a proper child car seat.
- Child seats are required up to the age of 12 or a height of 150cm.
- Smoking in a vehicle which is carrying a passenger under the age of 16 is prohibited.
- Sounding your horn near a hospital is forbidden at any time.
- Horns should not be used between 22:00-06:00.
- Motorcycle/moped/scooter passengers must be over the age of 12 and sit astride the seat.
- Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless using a “hands-free” unit.
- Motorcyclists and passengers must wear a crash helmet.
Road signs and other information:
- Road signs are in English and Greek, and occasionally in Turkish.
- Distances are marked in kilometres.
- Road speeds are marked in kilometres per hour (Km/h).
- All roads on the entire island are toll free.
- Third party liability insurance is obligatory.
For emergency assistance call 112 or 199