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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Own Transport

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Own Transport

Citizens of other EU countries only require their driving license to drive legally in Malta. If you hail from outside the European Union, acquiring an International Driving Permit, although not a pre-requisite, is advisable.

Driving in Malta is on the left. Speed limits are: 50km/h in built-up areas, and 80km/h elsewhere. Keep an open eye for additional restrictions as you drive. As Malta attempts to dispel the traditional laissez-faire image of the local driving situation and enhance road safety, traffic wardens and speed cameras have become ubiquitous. The use of seat-belts is mandatory. Children should never ride on the front seats. The upper limit for blood alcohol levels is 80 mg/100ml. Although infrequent, a police officer may ask you to pull over and subject you to a breathalyzer test. Traffic contraventions may warrant an on the spot fine (never give money directly to the traffic warden however – fines may be settled on line ( www.les.gov.mt ) , by calling at any local council office or by cheque mailed to the local council in whose territory the contravention was committed.

If you are involved in a major accident, do not move your vehicle and call the police on 21 224001, who would proceed to draw up a report of the incident. Ignoring this advice may invalidate your insurance claim.

There is no need to call the police in the case of minor, front-to-rear collisions. Be sure to have a copy of the front-to-rear collision forms. This is a self-carbonised document which needs to be jointly filled in by both parties involved in the accident. Each driver retains a copy of the completed form. The completed Motor accident report on the back of this document also needs to be filled in eventually, and submitted to your insurance company.

For many years, Maltese roads have been in a pitiful state. With an abundance of pot holes, they have been the butt of jokes and a source of frustration and anger to many a motorist. Having said that, recent years have definitely seen an improvement – following a cash injection from Italy and further financial assistance from the European Union.

 

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