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No cover for drunk drivers

Drivers will no longer have insurance coverage if involved in a car accident while under the influence of alcohol, according to a draft law presented by the Development Ministry yesterday. Deputy Development Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou said that the draft law will encourage drivers to be more responsible on the road and more careful in their obligations to insurance companies. The measure will also apply to those behind the wheel while under the influence of any other substances. The draft law will head to Parliament in the next 15 days, according to ministry officials, giving related professional groups enough time to submit their opinions on the bill. The legislation will also aim at making sure that insurance companies pay out on time. Within six months after the law is passed, the government is expected to set out a schedule regarding the allowable payout period for companies. Also, drivers whose licenses do not cover the type of vehicle they are driving will also be left without insurance cover.