The 18 Year Old Scheme (the “Scheme”) is an initiative launched by the Government of Malta and is one of the Government’s budget measures for 2017.
Through the Scheme customers turning eighteen during 2017 will benefit from one year of free travel on the public transport service offered by Malta Public Transport.
Customers will be refunded for the travel credit used in the previous month.
Any single individual may not benefit from more than €312 in credit refunds.
A fund of €500,000 has been allocated by the Government to this Scheme.
The Scheme may be prematurely terminated should the customer reach the limit of €312 or should the fund of €500,000 be entirely consumed before the end of the allocated period.
2.1. Any person whose 18th birthday falls between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 (both days included) is eligible for the Scheme.
2.2. Customers must be in possession of a personalised tallinja card including one of the following: Student, Adult, Gozo or Concession Card to benefit from the scheme. For the sake of clarity, holders of a non-personalised card (Explore Adult, Explore Child and 12 Single Day Journeys) and holders of a cash ticket do not benefit from the Scheme.
2.3. Beneficiaries of the Scheme will travel on the public transport service for free starting on the day of their 18th birthday and ending on the 18th birth year, 364th day at 23.59.59 hours.
2.4. All route types qualify for the Scheme including (but not limited too) day routes, night routes, special routes and tallinja direct routes.
2.5. New customers (who are not in possession of a tallinja card) may still benefit from the Scheme but must first register for a new tallinja card by following the same process as for a normal registration. The new customer is only entitled to travel for free once in possession of the new tallinja card. Allowance must be made for the delivery of the tallinja card in the case of applications for a new tallinja card by non-tallinja card holders. No refunds in cash or credit may be claimed for the period between the customer’s 18th birthday and the date of receipt of the tallinja card.
2.6. Registrations made at one of the Sales Offices will not attract the standard registration fee of €5.00. The registration fee of €5.00 which is applied automatically when applying online will be refunded to the customer as travel credit on the customer’s card. The postage fee and the minimum top up upon registration still apply.
3. Application for Scheme
3.1. The eligible customers who are in possession of tallinja card will automatically start benefitting from the Scheme with effect from their 18th birthday. The birthday that will be applied is the one in the database of Malta Public Transport which was submitted by the customer upon application for the tallinja card.