President Volker Orben spoke at a road safety conference in Cyprus, on Friday
28 June, organised by the delegation of the European Commission in
Cyprus and the Cyprus Police, at the House of the European Union, in Nicosia.
Volker spoke about the mission of TISPOL,
which is responsible for the coordination of activities at a European
level, for the effective and efficient enforcement of traffic legislation
as well as the implementation of road policing, a fundamental model for the
prevention of criminality on the roads, which many European countries –
including the Cyprus Police – adopted during the current decade.
He highlighted the impact Project Edward can
have on casualty reduction and awareness raising – while also stressing the
utmost importance of enforcement in the sector of the respect of traffic
legislation and the prevention of road deaths and serious injuries. In this
respect, he presented the operational results of TISPOL.He stressed that TISPOL
appreciates the fact that the European Commission established in 2018 a new
Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety to halve road deaths by 2030 and he
indicated the importance of the joint cross-border road traffic enforcement operations
organized in cooperation between police bodies.
He explained that the target set by the European
Commission of a 50 per cent reduction in road deaths and serious injuries by
2030 is an important commitment of TISPOL and a key issue, indicating that in
the frame of their daily duties the members of TISPOL are called to exchange
information and best practice on a constant basis, bearing in mind the Valetta
Declaration. He thanked the Cyprus Police for their contribution in the
road safety campaigns, which include enforcement and publicity of the actions
undertaken, especially for speeding, drink and drug driving, distraction
and the non-use of seat belts.
Motorcyclists are trained by members of the Police
The risks that motorcyclists face in the road network and the ways in which they can predict and cope with them were the subject of a training program that was held yesterday 16/6/2019) at the Police Headquarters Department of Traffic Police.
The program was attended by 15 civilian motorcyclists, who were briefed by trained members of the Special Motorcycle Squadron and the Police Driving School on the proper use of motorcycles on the road network, but also on how to prevent and deal with various dangers that lie ahead during driving. The training contained both theoretical information of the participants and practical training.
The “Bike Safe” training program is part of the general framework of the Police’s actions to inform and raise awareness of road safety and the prevention of traffic accidents.
Μοτοσικλετιστές εκπαιδεύονται από μέλη της Αστυνομίας
που διατρέχουν στο οδικό δίκτυο οι μοτοσικλετιστές και οι τρόποι με τους
οποίους οι ίδιοι μπορούν να τους προβλέψουν και να τους αντιμετωπίσουν,
ήταν το αντικείμενο προγράμματος εκπαίδευσης, που πραγματοποιήθηκε χθες
στο Τμήμα Τροχαίας Αρχηγείου Αστυνομίας.
Το πρόγραμμα παρακολούθησαν 15 πολίτες
μοτοσικλετιστές, οι οποίοι ενημερώθηκαν από εκπαιδευμένα μέλη του
Ειδικού Ουλαμού Μοτοσικλετιστών και της Σχολής Οδηγών της Αστυνομίας,
για την ορθή χρήση των μοτοσικλετών στο οδικό δίκτυο, αλλά και για το
πώς μπορούν να προλαμβάνουν και να αντιμετωπίζουν διάφορους κινδύνους,
που ελλοχεύουν κατά την οδήγηση. Η εκπαίδευση περιείχε τόσο θεωρητική
ενημέρωση των συμμετεχόντων, όσο και πρακτική εξάσκηση.
Το εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα «Bike Safe»,
εντάσσεται στο γενικότερο πλαίσιο των δράσεων της Αστυνομίας, για
ενημέρωση και ευαισθητοποίηση του κοινού σχετικά με την οδική ασφάλεια
και την πρόληψη των τροχαίων συγκρούσεων.
RoSPA have recently published a series of video clips containing advice
on group riding, where a motorcycle trainer shares his experiences of
organising group rides. The clips are designed for those who have not
organised a group ride before and contain advice to help riders ensure
maximum safety and enjoyment while taking part in their group ride,
whilst avoiding common pitfalls.
BikeSafe is a Police led motorcycle project involving class room and practical riding workshops. The aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on Cyprus roads.
In order to use the BikeSafe brand, the workshops have to conform to the BikeSafe criteria as run by Police forces throughout the UK.
Four Cyprus Police Officers have recently been trained to become BikeSafe assessors. The training was delivered in a partnership between the Cyprus Police and RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Cyprus.\
The first part of the training ensured that the officers had the road riding skills required, based on ‘Motorcycle Roadcraft’, The (UK) Police Riders Handbook. The course involved advanced rider training and test.
Only those passing the RoSPA motorcycle test at the highest level would be considered as assessors. All of the officers attained a Gold Pass.
The second phase of the training was theory based to ensure a good working knowledge of both Roadcraft and the BikeSafe curriculum. The officers gave a talk on different sections of the BikeSafe material and answered questions on the matters raised.
The third phase was a practical exercise taking the form of a BikeSafe ride-out with the officers having to give appropriate feedback to a motorcyclist they were assessing.
The officers passed with flying colours.