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Ayia Napa pushes for ban on four & three-wheeled vehicles

Municipality takes action to address traffic safety concerns

Newsroom / CNA

The Municipality of Ayia Napa is urging the government to implement a ban on four and three-wheeled vehicles from July 19 to August 20, between 21:00 and 07:00. Following recent incidents involving these vehicles, Mayor Christos Zannettou states that the Municipal Council unanimously decided to send a letter to the Ministers of Justice and Public Order, Anna Koukkidi-Prokopiou, and Justice, Communications, and Works, Alexis Vafeadi, with a copy to the Chief of Police. The request aims to issue a decree for a complete prohibition on four and three-wheeled vehicles during the specified period and an immediate order for a blanket ban on major road networks used by a large number of people throughout the day and night.

In response to the situation, the municipality has suspended leaves and day-offs for its employees and established three teams of four members each to reinforce traffic police immediately, starting today. These teams will monitor various key points along Ayia Napa's roads.

Additional discussions are ongoing to further strengthen the police force, building on previous reinforcements made a month ago. Further increases in police presence are expected to take place promptly.

The municipality also engaged in a meeting with industry operators and the Vehicle Hire Operators Association to seek their input and support in mitigating and addressing the problem. Efforts are focused on controlling the use of these vehicles and identifying responsible operators.

Mayor Zannettou emphasizes that the Municipality of Ayia Napa is closely examining longstanding issues and is collaborating with legal advisors to develop a memorandum for legislation to address them. Coordinated actions within legal bounds will continue as part of their efforts to tackle the above-mentioned problem.

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