North Cyprus Trevor’s Tips for December 2016
By Trevor Hughes……
Using UK Driving Licences in the TRNC
A one of our readers was stopped by the police for a roadside check, the other day. The officer asked for the driver’s documents, which he produced without fuss. The officer noticed the driver could only produce a UK driving licence and when questioned how long the driver had been over here, he replied two years. The officer informed him that because the driver had been over here for more than 90 days, he must apply for a TRNC driving licence and gave him one month to produce it at his local police station.
Now here’s the “RUB”. The driver cannot make an application for a TRNC driving licence unless he has made at least one Temporary Residence application, which he has never done. Thinking because he was over 60 years old there was no requirement. WRONG!! Anyone living or holidaying here for more than 90 days in any one year must apply for at least one Temporary Residence, irrespective of their age. Going over the border or leaving the Country to get an additional 90 day’s stay, does not work. This diver could have some difficulty with his application for a driving licence in the one month period he must produce the licence at his local Police Station, because a Temporary Residence application usually take more than one month to complete.
I know of a large number of people are carrying out this practice and have got away with it for some years; these are the lucky ones, try telling that to this unfortunate driver!!
TRNC MOT Tests
I needed to take my wife’s car for its three-yearly MOT last week. I had been told by a number of people the MOT station person was being particularly belligerent and demanding 4 mud flaps fıtted, all lights and indicators working, hand break no more than 4 clicks and the engine nice and clean. Well, our car ticked every box except the tyres which in his opinion none of them were considered to be legal. I had no option but to purchase 4 new tyres, which I purchased from “Pit Stop” in Catalkoy, who questioned why was I needing a full set of new tyres as all of them were within legal limits?
If you are unlucky enough to come across this rather rotund “job’s worth” person, beware, he may cost you money you had no intention of spending.
If your engine does need to be cleaned before its MOT, Tijen garage next to our Dagli Sigorta office in Karaoglanoglu will clean it for only 30 TL.
If you need to purchase new tyres, all Dagli Sigorta customers can benefit from a 10% discount for new tyres, from “Pit Stop”, which also covers their full range of services/products. [You will need to show your current Dagli Sigorta insurance policy to qualify]
Property Boundary Walls
If your boundary walls get damaged as a result of a road traffic accident and you intend claiming on your insurance, you will need to call the police to validate your claim. Failure to do so may render you claim unsuccessful.
TRNC Driving Licence Renewals
The cost of renewing your driving Licence is as follows,
3 years 303 TL
5 years 457.5 TL
10 years 755 TL
There is no longer a 1 year driving licence other than your initial driving licence application.
OFFICE OPENING TIMES
Monday to Wednesday 0830 – 14.30
Thursday 0830 – 12.30 and 1400 – 16.00
Friday 0830 – 14.30
You may wish to check with your bank as to whether your bank will cash a non TRNC cheque because Turk Bankasi is not!!!
As we are all getting older, the need for a regular anti tetanus injection becomes increasingly more and more important. Our local chemist in Karsiyaka [just pass the coffee shop square going outwards from Girne] will do the injection and supply the vaccine for only 20 TL, for a flu vaccine injection the cost is the same.
Window Blinds and Curtains.
We recently purchased some window blinds from “RMS” blinds located on the main road in Alsancak. Their shop is on the sea side opposıte Almond Vıllage sign. Their quality and speed of service was excellent and were also punctual for their appointments. All Dağli Sigorta customers can benefit from a 10% discount when you show them your current Dağli Sigorta Policy.
British Medical Laboratory
This clinic is offering Dağlı Sigorta customers (only), some very special discount deals.
They have currently got ISO 2005 accreditation for blood testing analysis, and are waiting ISO on their report writing. Once they have achieved this accreditation all reports will be in English and the results meeting UK standards and recognition. This means that visiting the UK for blood testing will not necessarily be needed. You will also save precious time having the tests carried out in England and then having to wait even longer before seeing your specialist. İf you have your specialist contact details or clinic, in the UK, why not send your test results via their e. mail address, speeding up your appointment over there, because they may be able to familiarise your condition before you go?
There are no Bayram holidays this month. But remember, Government Offices, Local Government offices, Banks and some shops will not be celebrating New Year’s Day by having a day off because the 1st of January 2017 falls on a Sunday.