The Department of Road Transport is responsible for the type approval of vehicles, which relate to specifications, for the vehicle registrations, the vehicle circulation license and the collection of the corresponding circulation fees, and the periodic inspection for roadworthiness of vehicles. It is also responsible for the driver’s licenses. Furthermore, the Department is responsible for the road operations which concern public passenger and goods transportation.
Vehicles are registered at the District Offices of the Department, provided they meet the required specifications, after payment of the relevant registration fee. The registration fee is €150 for all vehicles.
A circulation license must be issued before a vehicle is put into circulation on the roads of Cyprus. For this, a fee must be paid, based on vehicles carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for saloon cars, and on the vehicle category and use. For heavy goods vehicles the fee depends on the number of axles and the weight of the vehicle.
The fee can be paid via internet, at the address: http://www.mcw.gov.cy/rtd
A valid third party insurance cover is needed for the renewal of the circulation license. Nevertheless, the insurance cover is a legal obligation at any time of driving.
Periodic Inspection for Roadworthiness
Vehicles must be inspected and pass the roadworthiness test at specified intervals, otherwise, the circulation license is invalidated.
Private vehicles must first be inspected four years after the first registration as new vehicles and then every two years, at inspection centers of the private sector. All other vehicles (e.g. buses, trucks) are inspected at the Department’s centres two years after their first registration as new and then every year.
A driver of a vehicle must be the holder of a driving license according to the vehicle category used. The licenses are issued after a process which includes a series of tests. Under normal circumstances, a license is valid until the holder reaches the age of 70. After that age, the license is renewed every three years, with the presentation of a medical fitness certificate.
Visitors who bring their car for personal use during their stay can drive it on the roads of Cyprus provided the vehicle is accompanied by a certificate of registration and a valid circulation license of the country of origin. If the latter expires during the stay in Cyprus, the corresponding fee must be paid so that a Cyprus circulation license is issued. The vehicle must be covered by insurance that is valid in Cyprus. The driver must be the holder of a valid driving license.
International Conventions – Bilateral Agreements
Cyprus acceded in 1977 to the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods Cover of TIR Carnets (the TIR Convention of 1959) and in 1981 to the Customs Conventions on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (the TIR Convention of 1975). Bilateral agreements were signed with the United Kingdom, Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, The Russian Federation, Armenia, Jordan, Latvia, Syria, Spain, France, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Luxemburg, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Holland, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Sweden, Slovenia, Estonia and Libya.
Transport of Passengers and Goods by Road
The Department of Road Transport applied a scheme, which had the objective to facilitate the formation of District bus Companies, in order to improve the quality of service and reduce operational cost.
All public vehicles circulating in Cyprus must have a special road use license, issued by the Licensing Authority or the Council of Road Transport, which are valid for five years. Drivers of public vehicles must be in possession of professional driving licenses, which are obtained after successful completion of certain exams. The professional driving license is valid until the age of 70.
All drivers of busses and heavy goods vehicles (lorries) with gross vehicle weight 3.5 tons and above are required to have a Certificate of Professional Competency (CPC). The CPC is obtained either by passing the theoretical and practical test or by completing the accelerated initial training, which comprises of 140 hours of training at the approved training centres and a test.
The CPC is valid for five years and on expiration, drivers should complete 35 additional hours of training at the approved training centres.
For more details please refer to: http://www.mcw.gov.cy