NICOSIA - Thousands of Cypriot drivers are taking their cars off the roads rather than paying road tax in the current financial difficulties.
One in 13 motorists have officially registered their cars as immobilized, with a total of 46,000 applications up until December 31.
And with the New Year hundreds more applications are being submitted every day.
There are so many thaty civil servants are having to transport box after box of paperwork to a processing and digital filing centre from the regional Road Transport Department offices.
It is estimated that more than 50,000 vehicles are registered as immobilized, compared to 23,000 in 2013 and 2012 and 8,000 in 2011.
Meanwhile, despite the economic crisis the prospect of fines of €30 plus 10% of the cost of a car’s road tax have led many motorists to renew their road tax.
According to the Road Transport Department, up until January 15, the road tax of 182,149 cars has been renewed which represents 28% of all registered and Finance Ministry has already collected €22m compared to €12m during the same period last year.