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Resident confronts camera operator over missing sign

Aggressive encounter highlights flaws in Cyprus speed camera practices


Increasing complaints have emerged from drivers across Cyprus regarding unmarked speed camera trucks, sparking a debate about the legality and ethics of such practices. A recent incident in Limassol has highlighted these concerns, as a resident reported an aggressive encounter with an unmarked speed camera operator.

The incident occurred on the Limassol seafront near the Coya restaurant, where a speed camera truck was stationed for over two hours without a warning sign. The truck was parked under a 50 km/h sign, despite the stretch of road being a 30 km/h zone. When approached, the operator claimed the camera was broken, and the confrontation escalated to verbal aggression and threats.

"I challenged him because he had no sign out," the resident said, describing the operator as a heavily tattooed Cypriot who reacted aggressively to having his photo taken. "He said if I put him on Facebook, he would come after me."

The truck's heavily tinted windows, which the resident noted are illegal in Cyprus, further obscured the operator's identity, raising additional questions about the transparency and legality of such operations. According to Cypriot law, police must be able to see inside vehicles, and proper vision for drivers is required.

Work began across the country on Tuesday on the engraving of warning horizontal markings on the road surface and the installation of vertical markings with signs at light-controlled junctions and on sections of roads where a light signage system has been installed, according to the Department of Public Works. The department urged the public "to continue to comply with road signs and the Highway Code," emphasising that these upgrades are meant to further inform the public.

The rising trend of unmarked speed camera trucks without visible signs has fuelled public frustration and uncertainty. Drivers argue that the lack of clear signage is not only unfair but may also violate legal requirements for speed enforcement transparency.

Authorities have yet to clarify whether the absence of warning signs is permissible under Cypriot law, leaving many residents demanding clearer regulations and accountability.

As the debate continues, residents are calling for immediate action to ensure that speed enforcement practices are both legal and fair. The growing discontent underscores the need for transparency in road safety measures to maintain public trust and compliance.

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