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North Cyprus Trevor’s Tips for March 2019

By Trevor Hughes……

UK Driving Licence…..

You may not have realised, but there is a small change when renewing your UK driving licence. When the time arrives for you to renew, your paper version entitles you to drive in the UK up to the age of 70 years of age. However, if you have a pink plastic card version you can only renew for a maximum of 10 years. We had a lady who changed her paper licence in 2008 making the expiratory date August 2018.  Because she was under 70 years old and was not aware of the 10-year ruling. This came to light whilst making her application for a TRNC licence which she was not able to do, because her UK licence had expired.

The moral of this story is, check the expiratory date and renew if needed. This sad story is she is not able to legally drive here or in the UK, or indeed over the border, until she acquires a new UK licence, and then she can make an application for a TRNC licence.

As you may know, a British Citizen needs to renew their driving licence every three years when you have reached the age of 70 years. Before sending your old licence to the DVLA for renewal, make sure you retain a photocopy of the current one. This is essential because if the licence is lost in transit you will not be able to renew it, as the DVLA will not process the application for you until you can provide a printed copy of the old one! By not having  a valid UK licence can cause some difficulty when going over the border or wishing to drive in the UK. One of our readers did not follow this simple procedure and needed to take a driving test here.

Capital Insurance

İt is now possible to take out insurance cover over a staged payment plan at no extra cost, and by opening an account with the Bank you may be able to benefit from a higher % interest rate which will offset the cost of your insurance payments, thus making it FREE.

Our home insurance can also cover landslide and wall protection which many of our customers have benefited from, unlike some insurance companies, who do not cover such items.

Furthermore, we now offer a lower car premium by installing a “dashboard” camera in your car.  This can help you resist a false claim against you if you are involved in a road traffic accident, when  the guilty third party/police officer claims it was your fault, when indeed you were the innocent party.

An addition to our home policy, is a 24/7 emergency locksmith cover if you have accidentally locked yourself out of your home.

A multi insurance policy for both car and house insurance, can also reduce your premium even further.

If you would like to explore in more detail the extra benefits included in our policies, either call into Capital Bank in Alsancak or call 0533 844 3403, the market leaders in offering excellent value for money.

Temporary Residence

Make note, if you are of the age for renewing your compulsory Temporary Residence, you will not be able to go over the border whilst your application is being processed. If you do, you will be fined 145TL per day from the expiratory date until the renewal application has been completed and your passport stamped accordingly.

112 Emergency Service   

Earlier this month, a person fell over outside a local chemist and fractured their hip. The chemist  who is a local woman, and therefore speaks Turkish, naturally rang 112 for an ambulance to take him to a State hospital for treatment. The operator asked if the patient was English and when informed that he was, the operator advised her to contact a private hospital.

I rang Brenda Plant whose charity (Friends of the TRNC Emergency Services) raises considerable amounts of money for the emergency service, who said that this was indeed a most unfortunate incident and was out of character of the service, but would investigate the matter.

Because Brenda could not give the operator’s name, it made the task more difficult and could not be followed up for remedial action. Brenda’s advice is, if you need to call for an ambulance on the 112 number and faced with a similar situation, ask for the operator’s name and an ambulance will be provided .

Annual Property Tax

When you come to renew your annual property tax you will notice this has also been increased by 30%! The PO box annual rental fee has also been increased by 30%, as indeed medicines purchased from a pharmacist have also been increased by 26.4 %.

It would seem the Government  has set a trend here and nearly every service available has jumped on the “bandwagon” and followed their example of increasing their charges by approximately 30%.

Clocks Go Forward

Sunday 31st March 2019, 01.00am local time.

Passport renewal/DHL

DHL now offer an improved passport renewal service. Not only can you make your application online, you can now speak to DHL and arrange for them to collect your renewal from a convenient location to you and agree its return at the same venue. This will be more convenient, instead of trundling down to your nearest DHL agents office. The number to arrange the collection and return service call 0548 830 0112.

Child Seats/Portable Cots and Bedding/ High Chairs

Time is fast approaching when portable cots/bedding and child car seats will be required for those little visitors. All our items are machine washed and deodorized after every use and checked for safety. Prıces are 10TL per day for car seats/high chairs and 15TL per day for a cot, which includes its bedding.

Bayram Holidays

There are no Bayram Holidays this month.

We do a monthly news round which I send out via email and also goes on the CyprusScene website and Enewspaper which is free to you and will keep you up to date on the ever changing things here in the TRNC.

For any further information please email me through the contact box below or at Capital Bank in Alsancak.

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  1. I was interested in your ‘Tip’ regarding the lady whose pink UK driving licence expired unknowingly. Why she had changed her green paper licence for a pink plastic one, more than ten years before she had to (at age 70) seems a bit odd, especially as there is a charge for doing this before age 70. However, putting that aside, the simplest way of getting a new UK licence at age 70 and 3- yearly thereafter is to do it all online, entirely free of charge, on the DVLA website.

    The first time that you use the online service, you need to quote an email address, your postal addresses for the previous three years, your NI number (not essential if you don’t know it) and a valid UK passport number. (DVLA retrieve your photograph from the Passport Agency, so no photographs required.)

    For subsequent 3-yearly renewals, all of this information is stored on your record and there is no need to repeat it, unless your passport photograph has changed, in which case your new passport number is required.

    You are not required to submit your old licence until the new one is received, so you are never without a licence. You can obtain a new licence up to three months ahead of your birthday, which will run from the issue date until your next three year anniversary.

    Tip: If you use a rearch engine to find the DVLA website, BEWARE! There are some official looking websites which offer this service but which charge a fee, typically about £70, whereas the DVLA service is entirely free of charge.

    • Hi Ray,

      Thanks for your reply regarding the Driving Licence and your information.

      1/. Firstly,  her first licence was in 2008 and the licence was only for 10 years, expired in 2018 which makes it expired for a TRNC licence. To get a licence here she will need to apply for a  new licence and then she  will be OK

      2/. The second example is from a 70 year old who  could not renew it because the UK  DVLA  would not renew it due to the fact he could not send his old licence or a copy as he no longer had it.I hope this clears up your concerns and and thank you again for your  thoughts and information

      Best wishes
      Trevor Hughes

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