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Bicycle helmets now mandatory

The legislation and the penalties

Kathimerini.com.cy

The regulation that establishes the requirement for the use of protective helmets in accordance with the Law states that as of today, February 1, cyclists and cyclist passengers must wear protective helmets at all times.

In order to enforce the law and ensure that protective helmets used meet the requirements, the Police said in a statement that there would be extensive traffic checks. A violation would result in a 50 euro fine.

The announcement by the police

The regulation defining the mandatory use of protective helmets, as required by law, goes into effect on February 1 for cyclists and bicycle passengers.

The Police Department announces that on December 30, 2022, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles' notification (Decree No. 523/2022) was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic, approving a specific type of protective helmet for a cyclist or bicycle passenger.

According to the notification, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles has determined that the type of protective helmet for cyclists and bicycle passengers must meet the CYS EN 1078:2012+A1 standard, clearly state that it is intended at least for cyclists, and bear the CE Declaration of Conformity.

It is also stated that an alternative protective helmet for cyclists and bicycle passengers must meet CYS EN 1080:2013 and bear the CE Declaration of Conformity for young children up to the age of 14.

The law stipulates that starting on February 1, 2023, cyclists and bicycle passengers must wear safety helmets. As of February 1, the Police will conduct traffic inspections and file reports of pertinent infractions with the goal of enforcing and adhering to the law's requirements for cyclists and bicycle passengers to wear protective helmets.

If the offense is committed and the offender is found guilty, they will pay a fine that cannot exceed $500.  The offence can be settled out of court with a fine of €50.

The following link will take readers to the full text of the notification:

https://bit.ly/3D8rHzW

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