DRIVING IN MALTA
Since there are no major motorways in Malta, driving on the Island is similar to many other European cities. In the past years a lot of work has been done to improve the infrastructure. In fact, much has been done to improve road safety awareness and its infrastructure.
Being an ex-British colony, the Maltese drive on the left. It’s best to always keep a map to hand because, since there are no major motorways, you can often reach your destination through a number of different routes.
The Highway Code
The Highway Code is the official road user guide for Malta. In it you’ll find all the rules you need to follow while driving in Malta such as speed limits, driving in slow moving traffic and stopping and parking. The Highway Code is available from either the Transport Malta Offices or from the Theory Test Centre in Guardamangia. It is also available online.
Law Enforcements and Contraventions
In order to regulate the traffic flow into the capital city, Valletta, the Controlled Vehicular Access (CVA) system was set up in 2007. Unless you are a Valletta resident or have a business based in the capital city, you have to pay a small fee for driving and parking here. The CVA system photographs your number plate and calculates the length of your stay. You then receive a bill at home.
BUYING AND OWNING A MOTOR VEHICLE
BUYING A MOTOR VEHICLE
First time buy? Replacing your car? Need another car?
For whatever reason you’re getting a car, you need to first and foremost set a budget to how much you are willing and able to spend. Decide on whether you want a new or used car. If you need to take a loan to purchase your new or used car, go check how much the bank is willing to loan you and make sure you’re able to sustain the repayments.
Check out the personal loan and the compare tariffs and charges section in the myMoneybox website for advice on taking a loan.
After you’ve set your budget, you need to decide on what car is suitable for you. Make sure that you identify the cars that are most appropriate for your needs. If you’re buying a used car, ensure that this has been thoroughly checked for any defects or mechanical problems. If the car you’re buying is locally registered, you may consult the vehicle details and any other pending fees here. (due to data protection on the car owners, you will be required to enter specific details which need to be provided to you by the person selling the car.)
When buying a car through a car reseller or a dealer you will probably be advised of all the costs involved in your purchase. If not, make sure to ask exactly all the costs involved. If you’re buying the car yourself, check out the following:
Do you have an old vehicle you want to scrap or replace?
The current scrappage scheme offers car owners a flat rate of €500 for those who buy new cars with an engine rating of Euro V or above. The incentive is aimed at purchasing new and more environmentally friendly motor vehicles and at the same time reducing the number of old motor vehicles from the road.
The duration of the scheme shall extend until 31st December, 2013 and shall apply for a maximum of 1,000 vehicles on a first come first serve basis.
More information on this scheme can be found here.
Registering and licensing of new and used motor vehicles
All new and used motor vehicles need to be registered with Transport Malta at Homeworks Ditch in Floriana.
If you’re buying a new vehicle, the car reseller or dealer will probably do this through this website. You may however use the same service to register the car yourself.
If you drive a certain type of vehicle, like a taxi or a chauffeur-driven car, or carry goods in your car, you will need special documentation.
If you have bought a used vehicle you will need to make an appointment with Transport Malta following which you will take the vehicle to Technical Unit of the Land Transport Directorate in Floriana. Documents such as the logbook and a printout of the Vehicle Registration Value will need to be supplied.
Once the vehicle passes an inspection and the registration tax value is confirmed, then the citizen can register his vehicle, through the Vehicle Registration website
(Register a Vehicle option
You can find all the detailed information you need about the registering and licensing of new and used vehicles here.
Registering a used vehicle brought into Malta from an EU Member State
To register a vehicle brought into Malta from an EU Member State you need to follow these four steps:
- Visit www.vehicleregistration.gov.mt to obtain the value of the registration tax due. This needs to be presented to the TM Technical Unit prior to inspection.
- Book an appointment with Transport Malta on 2123 3029.
- Take your vehicle to the Lands Directorate, Technical Unit, Hornworks Ditch, Floriana on the day of your appointment.
- Present the following documents:
- Foreign Registration Certificate (Logbook) of vehicle signed by foreign Seller and the new Buyer
- A print out from the Transport Malta website with Vehicle Registration Value
- Once the vehicle passes an inspection and the registration tax value is confirmed, then the citizen can register his vehicle, again through the Vehicle Registration website (Register a Vehicle option). The latter operation can be done through the use of eID. Besides this option, vehicles can also be registered through motor dealers or directly with Transport Malta.
Vehicle Road Licence
The authorisation for your vehicle to be on the road is the Vehicle Road Licence. This is a document that shows the registration number and date up to which the licence is valid. It must be displayed on the left-hand side of the windscreen.
If the vehicle in question is a used vehicle, you may need a VRT test at a VRT Station. All VRT Stations have the facility to enter online the result of the VRT test through an online service provided by the eVERA website
To proceed to gain a vehicle road licence, you also need to renew your insurance policy. The latter can be done by the citizen going to his/her insurance agency to get the insurance policy renewed. The citizen can then proceed through eVERA
to renew the road licence online. However, the insurance agency / broker can act as a one stop shop. In fact all insurance agencies / brokers have the facility, to renew both his insurance policy and road license renewal in one go. Whilst in the second instance the citizen is provided with the actual road license disc; in the first TM has to send it by post.
To learn more about getting a Driving Licence in Malta click here.
All registered cars in Malta have standard EU Licence Plates with three letters followed by three numbers. Non-personalised number plates cost €70, while personalised number plates cost €200. For detailed information about Licence Plates, click here.
For information about Car Insurance in Malta you may visit the list of approved insurers here.
services offered by transport malta
Below is a list of services offered by Transport Malta, which may be useful for current or prospective vehicle owners: Change of Motoring School
The purpose of this eForm is to enable you to change the motoring school you are currently enrolled with. Driving Test Application (Practical)
The purpose of this eForm is to enable whoever is already in possession of a Learner’s Permit to apply for a Practical Test in the Category applied for. Completion of this form would mean that you are ready to be tested with your chosen Instructor / School and would be available to be called up for a Test anytime after three weeks from receipt of the application. International Driving Permit Application
Purchase of Driving Training Aids
The purpose of this eForm is to enable you to purchase a choice of Maltese or English Highway Code booklets or dual-language (Maltese/English) CDs to assist you in preparation for the Theory and Practical Tests. This is additional assistance in conjunction with the training given by your authorized Instructors Learner's Permit Application
The purpose of this eForm is to enable you to apply for a learner’s permit. The application is twofold, requiring the doctor’s declaration filled in by the medical doctor, as well as your details. Extension of a Learner's Permit
Application for Different Types of Parking Bays
You or a local council can use this form to apply for communal reserved parking for blue badged holders, motorcycle bays, parking bays, keep clear bays, timed and communal un/loading bays, alighting/boarding bay for schools/childcare centre/hotel, reserved parking for: ministries, police, lotto offices, embassies and ambassador’s residence and 1,5 keep clear. Seatbelt Exemption Application
The purpose of this eForm is to enable anyone eligilble for a driving licence and certified by a doctor that the s/he cannot use a seatbelt to apply for an exemption.
Re-issue of Driving License / Counterpart, Registration Certificate or Road Licence
It is very important to immeaditely alert Transport Malta if your driving licence, registration certificate or road licence are lost or stolen. These may be illegaly used or reproduced. Through the above form, Transport Malta will take the necessary precautions to safeguard you and prevent any attempt of illict use. The new copy of your driving licence, registration certificate or road licence can be picked up from Transport Malta, 1 working day after your order or alternatively posted to your desired address.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
The aim of the Vehicle Roadworthy Test is to ensure that vehicles over a certain age are checked at least once a year to confirm they are in a roadworthy condition. Vehicles are inspected at a VRT station licenced by Transport Malta using specialised equipment. Inspections are only valid if they are made through a licenced VRT station.
The report on your vehicle will be sent directly from the VRT station to Transport Malta.
Check your Licence Disc or its receipt to know whether your vehicle is due for a VRT. Alternatively you may check online or subscribe for mobile notifications.
Full list of costs, frequency of VRT and licenced VRT Stations
Servicing your Vehicles
It is important to service your vehicle to make sure it is roadworthy, safe to drive and not a hazard to others. The manufacturer of your car conducts routine services. These vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and from vehicle to vehicle, depending on the type of vehicle and engine. You can usually find out what service your vehicle requires in the owner’s manual.
If you’ve had a car accident, stop driving.
If it is a front to rear collision ‘bumper to bumper’, fill in the relevant form at the scene of the accident. The forms are available from your insurer or insurance intermediary.
If there are casualties, call an ambulance. If there are injured people, if government property is involved or if the accident is not front to rear, call the police. Do not admit fault with anyone other than the police.
Exchange vital information – name, address, phone and licence numbers. Record the details of the accident while they are still fresh in your mind.
what to do if your car is stolen or there is a hit and run
Found damages on your car?
Look around your location to check if other cars have been hit or if there might be someone who saw the accident happening. If there are other cars that seem to have been damaged or if someone saw something, make sure to take all the information possible and a contact number, just in case you or the Police may need to contact them after. Also, take note of the street name and locality where the accident happened. Remember that every piece of information may be useful for the police to identify the culprit.
It is also ideal if you can take photos of the car exactly as you found it and the surrounding area.
After noting all the possible details, go straight to a Police Station (take your ID Card or Driver's Licence with you). If you know who might have done the damages, do not attempt to confront them. The person responsible has committed an offence and it is the police who will take the necessary actions.
When you arrive at a Police Station, the officer will take all the necessary details of your vehicle, where the accident happened, the damage sustained to your vehicle and any other relevant information. A police report will then be filed and the police will investigate. From your end, depending on how you’re insured you may want to claim at your insurer.
Your car has been stolen? What should you do…
Try not to panic… Make sure that you haven’t parked your car somewhere else. Sometimes your car may be parked just a few streets away. If you’re sure that your car was parked in the location you’re at, ensure that you weren’t parked in a tow zone area. If you think that your car has been towed, call the local Police Station and they will advise you if your car has been towed.
If your car hasn’t been towed either, then your car has probably been stolen.
Look around you to see if there might be someone who saw something. If yes, make sure to take all the information possible and a contact number, just in case you or the Police may need to contact them after. Also, take note of the street name and locality where the car was stolen. Remember that every piece of information may be useful for the police to identify the culprit.
After noting all the possible details, go straight to a Police Station (take your ID Card or Driver's Licence with you). If you know who might have stolen you car, do not attempt to confront them. The person responsible has committed an offence and it is the police who will take the necessary actions.
When you arrive at a Police Station, the officer will take all the necessary details of your vehicle, where the car was stolen and any other relevant information you may have. A police report will then be filed and the police will investigate. From your end, you will need to take the police report to your insurer to initiate the process of compensation.HEALTH AND SAFETY
If you have any condition that may affect your ability to drive safely, you are bound by law to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA). If you have a car accident and it is found that your health condition was a contributing factor, you may be prosecuted and your insurance may not be able to cover you.
CYCLING IN MALTA
The Maltese Authorities have invested heavily to make cycling in Malta safer. There are a number of cycle lanes on popular routes though secondary streets with relatively low traffic, though major roads may still need to be used. Traffic is on the left and there are a number of ‘bicycle-shaped’ parking stands throughout Malta.
For more information about cycling in Malta, click here