Malta driving is dedicated to those persons coming for a holiday and intend driving in Malta. It is important to learn some tips about driving.
As Malta is a small island, traffic is very heavy especially during rush hours which are usually early morning and late afternoon. One advantage Malta has that distances are short compared to other European countries. So your Malta driving should be enjoyed and will have ample time to do many activities.
The quality of the road network has improved a lot during these last 25 years. In recent years EU funds have also been utilised to improve the main arterial road networks to a higher standard.
We suggest that you hire a car to explore the island and in this way you can see more than the official tours suggest. Still it is good to utilise the official transport system both for Malta and Gozo which is operated by Malta Pubic Transport buses.
Seat belts should be worn by all passengers in accordance with European laws.
- Here in Malta you will not find any motorways or highways. Main roads are the highways of Malta. They are dual carriageway (2 lanes on either side).
- Toll roads do not exist anywhere on the island
- In high traffic jams you will find wardens directing traffic (dark green uniforms)
- Malta drives on the left hand-side of the road as in the United Kingdom and other few countries. Do overtake from the right side.
- You can recognise rental cars by seeing their number plate as they will have a K or a Z or they will have an the company emblem on the car.
- There is a penalty point system with a maximum of 12 point. When reached your license will be suspended.
- Traffic wardens can be found in many areas, they are very vigilant for minor infringement like parking on yellow lines, over speeding, use of mobile phones while driving. The fine for this infringement is hefty.
- It is illegal to use a hand held or a hands free mobile phone devices whilst driving.
- Parking in some of the main towns and cities can be limited, so it is advisable to use the park and ride services.
- Getting around Malta is not difficult as there are many road signs to help you navigate your way around the islands. You have to be careful and follow the traffic until you get familiar. At the same time we have tried to give you basic details as we believe that life is precious.
For the green and blue parking bays, you will recieve a fine if you park on them due to the fact that they are for limited people only. They are controlled by the Valletta Control Vehicular Access System (CVA).
The Control Vehicular Access system (CVA), used in Valletta, makes use of dedicated cameras that are installed at various points around valletta to monitor the cars that are coming in and out. According to the time parked in Valletta the car driver pays a small fee depending on the number of hours parked.
Monday to Friday (8.00 to 18.00); Saturday (8.00 to 13.00)
Around the island you will find various speed cameras with different speed limits. Watch out for signs which will warn you about them.
If driving in Malta is not very essential for you, there are other ways how to travel around in island.
1. Public Transport: The only public transport system in Malta is the bus. The public transport is fairly easy to use.
2. Hop-On-Hop-Off: This service is very adequate if you want to go round the island and visit Malta's and Gozo's main sights.
When driving in Malta you will definitely face some challenges
Here in Malta we use right-hand drive cars and we drive on the left hand side of the road. You will have to get used to it unless you are from the UK.
To get your driving license in Malta you must take lessons with a driving school.
Driving Theory Test
Here learners will take their driving theory test.
Theory Test Centre
Tel: 2122 7190
If you want before taking your test, you would like to do a mock you can do so by clicking here.
A pleasant Malta driving holiday.
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