London, 11 December
This is a TISPOL country driving guide to assist drivers visiting Greece.
- Greece has 11 million inhabitants
- There are 7,620,000 registered vehicles
- There arenearly 6.131.926 million licence holders in Greece.
- The country has160, 000 kilometres of road.
- A total of 5, 725 road kilometres is made upof motorways and express highways.
- Greece's border countries are Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.).
- In a collision call the police if there areinjured people or if the road is blocked.
- In a breakdown, move to a safe place, allowing the traffic to resume without creating any additional risk to oncoming traffic. If necessary alert oncoming traffic by placing a warning triangle. Call the police.
The Road Traffic Police Division at the Hellenic Police Force Headquarters is responsible for implementing necessary road safety and preventive measures at a national level.
The most significant tasks and the mission of the Traffic Police agencies are:
- Enforcing the Traffic legislation.
- Traffic accidents preliminary inquiry.
- Regulating traffic.
- Infrastructure and road network policing.
- Management of damage-only traffic accidents.
- Preparatory actions concerning traffic law enforcement and administrative issues about Road Safety.
- Implementation of Point System.
- Taking measures in order to achieve safe and proper road transport (vehicles and pedestrians).
- Setting direct, short-term and long-term targets and preparing drafts in order to achieve traffic accidents decline.
- Cooperating with other public agencies and private sector in order to deal with Road Safety issues.
- Exchange good practices with Traffic Polices from other countries.
- Studying scientific and technical means and methods of traffic policing and dealing with road traffic problems.
- Issuing police permits concerning road transport.
- Updating public on road safety issues and traffic accidents prevention.
- Gathering, studying, analyzing and processing statistic data and best exploitation of the results.
- Law enforcement officers are authorised to give fines on thespot.Therefore they have a special catalogue where the offences and theamount of the fine are determined.
- Confiscation of vehicles may take place in the case of very serious offences or after a court of law has issued such a decision.
- Traffic enforcement in Greece includes speed controls, controls for seat belt, helmet and child restrain use, alcohol controls and mobile use controls.
Special Units for Detection and Preventing Traffic Accidents are formed to deal with special matters and issues concerning Road Enforcement.
For more information about driving in Greece please see the European Commission Road Safety website - 'Going Abroad':