Unlicensed Parker jailed for 6 months after ignoring court orders

Edward Farrugia, who posed as a Parker in a public space in Valletta, was this morning handed a 6-month effective prison sentence and fined €2,000 after ignoring court orders to stay away from the parking area.

He was arrested today week in the parking area at Hastings, offering car wash services. He had been remanded in custody since. 

Transport Malta officials had repeatedly asked Mr Farrugia, who is not a Parker and does not hold a Transport Malta tag, to leave the area.  The Authority had opened two court cases against him yet he returned, harassing more drivers.  

Transport Malta collected further evidence and instituted yet another court case.  On 5th January Magistrate Joe Mifsud fined him €500, the maximum allowed by law, and forbade him from accessing the area. 

Yet barely two weeks later he was arrested again.  Appearing again in front of Magistrate Mifsud, he was condemned 6 months behind bars and fined €2,000 for ignoring court orders.

Drivers can park for free in public parking spaces, parkers must be licensed and hold a Transport Malta tag and tipping is totally voluntary.  Kindly report any abuse on freephone 80072393.

Upgrading Major Junctions at Ħal Qormi

A growing Maltese Aviation Register

Transport Malta addressing flooding issues in Tal-Pieta`

Transport Malta will start removing a blocked culvert and install a new one in Triq Marina Tal-Pieta`, from tonight.  The works, spread on three consecutive nights, will commence at 23:30hrs and be completed by 04:30hrs.

The blocked culvert is, following rain showers, causing flooding on this stretch of road.  The Authority’s intervention will help address the flooding issues residents and road users are experiencing.

The north-bound carriageway, taking vehicles from Valletta towards Msida and Birkirkara, will be closed during these hours at night.  Vehicles will be diverted onto Triq id-Duluri, before reaching Tal-Pieta` creek, and can then head towards GF Abela Junior College and down Triq Marina again. Vehicles travelling on the south-bound carriageway, towards Valletta, will not be affected.

 

At a later stage, Transport Malta will be completing the installation and replacement of the culvert through works on the southbound carriageway.

Transport Malta urges drivers to avoid the area when possible, to follow temporary direction signs, officials’ instructions on site and to drive carefully.

 

Kappara – Inauguration Ceremony

erba’ pjazez – transport arrangements

Final Asphalt on Triq Manwel Dimech, Ħal Qormi

Final road works in Triq Manwel Dimech, Ħal Qormi as from tomorrow morning

Asphalting works in Triq Manwel Dimech Ħal Qormi tomorrow Sunday 14th January 2018 between 06:00hrs and midnight. During works, the road between the roundabout near Pavi Supermarket and the roundabout near Gaff Petrol Station will be completely closed to traffic including public transport.

Weather permitting then, line markings will be painted between Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 January 2018. To avoid inconvenience works will be carried out during the night, between 19:00 and 05:00.  Works, not affecting traffic will be carried out in phases during the day, keeping the road open for traffic.
Drivers are kindly advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.  Officials will be on site to assist in the traffic management.

Person acting as a parker fined and barred from Car Park

 

Court

Transport Malta is satisfied by the court’s decision that rewards the Authority and the Malta Police force’s efforts in protecting drivers in public car parks.

Magistrate Joe Mifsud fined an individual, posing as a parker in a public car park in Valletta, €500, the maximum allowed by law, and forbade him from accessing the area for a period of six months.  If the individual is caught in the area, he risks imprisonment.

The individual is not a parker and does not hold a Transport Malta tag, yet he was posing as a parker and harassing drivers into paying him money.  Transport Malta Officials asked him to leave the area countless times but he always returned to harass more drivers.  The Authority instituted two court cases against him, yet he ignored court orders and persisted in his actions.  

Transport Malta gathered further evidence on the illegal actions of this individual and instituted yet another court case which was concluded this morning.  The court sent a strong message, upholding the Authority and the Police Force’s work in reducing abuses at public parking spaces, where a few individuals opt to harass drivers into forking out money.

Transport Malta takes reports seriously and has stepped up its clamp down on parking area-related illegal activities.  In fact, the Authority will be proceeding in court against two other individuals, who have committed similar offences in other public parking areas.

Drivers can park for free in public car parks, which are clearly identified by a Transport Malta sign.  Kindly report any abuse on freephone 80072393.