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. Below I am including a list which is essential for you.
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.
In Malta and Gozo we drive on the left-hand side of the road as in the United Kingdom and other few countries. Do overtake from the right side.
At roundabouts give way to traffic approaching from the right.
The minimum Malta driving age is eighteen.
In built-up areas the speed limit is of 50 Km/h or 31 mph.
Elsewhere the speed limit is of 80 Km/h or 49 mph.
It is illegal to use a hand held or a hands free mobile phone devices whilst driving. A hefty fine is imposed to those caught breaking the law.
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.
Speed humps are visible in many roads.
Traffic police are around all the time.
Never park on double yellow lines.
We advice caution at all times for the safety of everyone. Enjoy your holiday in safety.
Never drink and drive. You must not drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 µg/100ml or a blood alcohol level of more than 80mg/100ml (meaning limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood).
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.
Parking in some of the main towns and cities can be limited, so it is advisable to use the park and ride services.
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)
There are three parking coloured bays.
White parking bays for the general public available for 24 hours.
Green parking bays are for residents and available 24 hours.
Blue parking bays are available from 8.00 to 18.00.
Drive on the left side is tricky as a start but also depends on your driving ability too. The Maltese have improved in their driving. If you are not sure the bus services are very efficient and Malta is small, all locations can be reached in reasonable time. There are also the Hop-On Hop-Off service by which you can plan various activities through your day route.
A pleasant Malta driving holiday.
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