Trevor’s Tips – December 2013
By Trevor Hughes
Driving licence Renewal.
Yet again, for those of you who are over the age of 60 years and elected not renew their Temporary Residency, confusion rears its ugly head again, this time it’s surrounding the TRNC driving licence renewal. Several police officers, including high ranking officials, are declaring that if you are over 60 years old you do not need to hold a Temporary Residence Permit to renew your TRNC driving licence. Let’s be clear on the matter, the police are custodians and enforcers of the Law, they do not write the Law. Any amendments to existing Laws require the Government to change, introduce new Laws, and/or amend the Law by statute. The police cannot enforce the Law on how they feel fit.
To ensure that you are not caught out by police interpretation, wise people continue renewing their Temporary Residence Permit, thus leaving nothing to chance.
Banks, Local Government offices and Government offices will be closed for business from 12 noon on the 31st December and all day on the 1st of January 2014. Some of the local residents can celebrate the New Year with their 13th salary, alright for some eh!
There is an e-mail circulating [zorpia] purporting to be from me. Let me assure you that it is not from me, but from a dating agency. This is nothing sinister and unless you wish to go into their site, you should consider deleting it immediately.
If you have a tow bar fitted to your vehicle at the time your MOT renewal is due, some police officials are refusing to MOT your vehicle until the tow bar is removed. To get around this stupidity, the fact that you have a tow bar fitted can be entered on your log book, or entered on your insurance policy, like all Dagli Sigorta customers.
There is a feeling that if you own a vehicle which has a tow bar fitted, the Authorities class the vehicle as a commercial one and subsequently it requires an annual MOT. This is completely false and the MOT renewal, whether you have a tow bar fitted or not, is every three  years, as normal.
On a personal note I would like to say a big thank you for all your lovely comments over the last year. It is people like you who give me snippets of information that enable me to pass it on to our readers. Once again thank you very much,