The Cypriot ministry of defence is launching an initiative that it hopes will encourage those on military service to use public transport more frequently.
The new plan, which will start on 1 February, will award points to conscripts that use buses to travel to and from their units.
The draftees gathering the most points for using buses this year will earn an extra few days’ leave before their discharge.
They will also be entered into a raffle where they can win prizes, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.
Conscripts already enjoy the benefit of being able to travel on buses for free. The defence ministry hopes this latest incentive will boost the numbers using public transport rather than private vehicles.
The defence minister, Christoforos Fokaides, announced the plans earlier this month and said that the number of bus routes to accomodate the conscripts has been expanded.
Fokaides also said that he is abolishing the requirement whereby eight conscripts must request a specific route before it is implemented; a single draftee can now request a new bus route.
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