Auction of Vehicles

EUCARIS General Assembly held in Malta

The general assembly, the highest organ of EUCARIS, the EUropean CAR and driving license Information System, is meeting in Malta.  Representatives from the vehicle and driving licence registration Authorities of 28 countries in Europe met over a period of two days. The general assembly set a new record with the number of countries participating. 

EUCARIS is a system that connects countries so they can share the vehicle and driving licence information and other transport related data. It is an exchange mechanism that connects the Vehicle and Driving Licence Registration Authorities in Europe to support the fight against car theft, forged driving licences and odometer fraud.

Hon. Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects closed the first session of the meeting.  In his address, the minister emphasised the importance of international cooperation in order to enable member state countries to share experiences, knowledge and information.  Minister Borg highlighted the ever changing transport landscape in Malta, which the Government is committed to re-define.  “Transport must be efficient and reliable, exploiting the concentration of trips and distributing the pressure on the network to even it out as much as possible. Transport must be a contributor, not a burden, to our quality of life. We can learn from each other, we will exchange experience and knowledge, we will make our information available and we will co-operate with exchanging information internationally”, he concluded.  

Joseph Bugeja, Chairman and CEO of Transport Malta made the opening address for the meeting.  He also stressed on the importance of international cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of our countries, “We recognize the EUCARIS cooperation as an important instrument to ensure traffic safety, to prevent vehicle crime and to learn from each other in doing things more effectively and efficiently”

EUCARIS offers various services including the exchange of information between countries on driver licence holders and vehicle odometer readings,  so for example, EU citizens can easily obtain and exchange the driving licence of the EU country they are residing in.  Registration checks of vehicles so that a vehicle stolen in one country cannot be registered in another and E Call, a system, which is being adopted by new cars, where in case of an accident, emergency responders are notified immediately. The system also offers the exchange of information between countries in case of a number of traffic offences or crimes, thus if a car commits a traffic contravention or a crime in one country, its country of registration will provide the necessary information for prosecution.

The meeting in Malta analysed the situation in implementing the various services in all countries, numerous developments and crucial decisions for the evolution of the information system and its administration.  Mr Detlef Marek, the Chairman of EUCARIS announced that he will not be seeking re-appointment, and the appointment of a new chairperson was also on the assembly’s agenda.

Arrears Scheme

VRT Test will change from tomorrow


VRT stations, across Malta and Gozo, will start rolling out a number of changes to the VRT test, as from next Wednesday.  These changes will ensure a standardised VRT test across EU states and safer, cleaner vehicles on our roads.

The following is a list of the major changes brought around by the revised test.


Defects emerging from a VRT test will be categorised according to their severity and level of safety on the road.  A vehicle will then get one of the following four results.

Pass – The vehicle has passed the test and meets the minimum required standard

Pass with Minor Defects – The vehicle has passed the test because the defects found have no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment.  Defects found need to be repaired as soon as possible.

Fail with Major Defects – The vehicle has not passed the VRT test since the defects found may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. The vehicle needs to be repaired within 16 days and re-tested.

Fail with Dangerous Defects – The vehicle has not passed the VRT test since it constitutes a direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment.  The vehicle cannot be driven on the road until it is repaired and re-tested.

Diesel emissions

There will be stricter enforcement on those vehicles which were originally manufactured with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and which are found to be tampered with.  This will also apply to Heavy Goods Vehicles using Adblue, specifically in cases where the DPF is found to have been bypassed or eliminated. Vehicles will fail the test if it they emit smoke of any colour from the exhaust.  Diesel fuel has a greater negative impact on the environment and health risk factors than other fuels.  The revised VRT test will make sure the Emission Control Devices are not tampered with.

Vehicle lights

The revised VRT test will ascertain that all vehicles manufactured since September 2009 have working reverse lights and for vehicles which were manufactured with headlight washers, the latter must be working. The test will check that vehicles manufactured since March 2018 have working Daytime running lights.  Any Malfunction Indicator Lamps showing a fault in any of the vehicle systems is considered as a failing item.

VRT test following a serious accident

A vehicle involved in a serious accident must undertake an ad hoc VRT test, following repairs, to confirm the safety of the vehicle and whether it has an impact on the environment.


Vehicle owners who fail to co-operate and abide with the VRT Tester’s instructions can be fined up to a maximum of €500 if found guilty.  Individuals who are suspected of tampering with an Odometer can be fined up to a maximum of €200, if found guilty.

VRT test for tractors

Road tractors having a maximum speed exceeding 40KM/h are now subject to a VRT test.

Malta is implementing the above changes to the VRT test in accordance with the Directive 2014/45/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, which aims to ensure a harmonised, high quality VRT test across EU member states. The cost of the VRT test will not be increased due to these changes.




Auction 21st March

Was your car impounded?


In accordance with the Clamping and Removal of Motor Vehicles and Encumbering Objects Regulations, SL.65.13, Transport Malta is hereby publishing a list of vehicles that were removed from the road for being in breach of the Motor Vehicles Registration and Licensing Act, CAP 368 and the Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles Regulations S.L. 368.02, and which have not been retrieved by their lawful owners.

In most cases, the list includes a description of the removed motor vehicle and the date when the motor vehicle was removed. The vehicles are currently being stored at Transport Malta’s Compound. Respective owners are to retrieve their motor vehicle from Transport Malta upon submission of proof of ownership and upon payment of the applicable registration tax, licences, contraventions and other administration fees that may be due.

Vehicles which are not retrieved and for which any applicable registration tax, licences, contraventions and other fees are not paid by the 8th of April 2017, will be auctioned and if not sold will be destroyed.




DAR 952

Alfa Romeo








JAA 643






JBD 257





















CBE 414



FBC 054








Grand Cherokee





DBG 438



DBE 431



XRI 016



HBJ 029


3 TS









Cooper S




IBR 732






GAN 784






IBJ 358





Rav 4




 Get further information by calling on 25555175/119 between 07.30 hrs and noon or by sending an email on   


Scrappage Scheme extended


Transport Malta re-opens Grant Scheme on the Purchase of New Environment-Friendly Vehicles

Following the success of the scrappage scheme launched last December 2015, Transport Malta is hereby extending this scheme for the fourth time. Another €300,000 has been allocated. A total of 1,603 vehicles benefitted from the €1,200,000 grant allocated by the Government for this scheme. The successful initiative is planned to encourage people to dispose of their old vehicles and to invest in new cars with lower emissions.

Vehicle owners who apply for the scheme are entitled to a grant of between €700 and €900 upon the purchase of a new M1 (passenger) vehicle with CO2 emissions which do not exceed 130g/km, vehicle length not exceeding 4460mm and licensed for private use only and whilst at the same time de-registering a vehicle in the same category.

Furthermore, the scheme in the form of a number of grants to incentivise the purchase of Battery Electric Vehicles and Battery Electric Quadricycles has also been re-opened. A total of 35 electric vehicles benefitted from the €200,000 grant allocated by the Government for this scheme. A grant of €7,000 is given to persons registering a new electric vehicle while scrapping an older vehicle which is at least ten years old from the year of manufacture. The grant decreases from €7,000 to €4,000 in cases of registering a used Battery Electric Vehicle in Malta which has never been registered to be used on the Maltese roads before, or for the purchasing of a new electric vehicle but which is not in conjunction with the scrappage scheme referred above.

These schemes are aimed at reducing the number of old motor vehicles from the road while promoting the use of clean and energy efficient vehicles as a way to contribute towards the  reduction of traffic generated pollution and improvement of  air quality levels.

Application forms for such schemes can be collected from the Vehicle Licensing Unit within Transport Malta, A3 Towers, Raħal Ġdid or from our website

Car Sharing in Malta


Call for the introduction of Car-Sharing Services in Malta

 Transport Malta has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) Concession Contract for the Operation of a National Car-Sharing Programme for the Maltese Islands. Through this call, interested parties can submit their proposals to provide a fleet of vehicles to operate a car-sharing service in Malta and Gozo particularly in strategic locations. Through a web-based application, users can pre-book a vehicle to carry out a trip between  designated public car parking spaces. Half of the minimum suggested fleet has to be composed of electric vehicles.

 Car sharing is encouraged to be used in conjunction with other modes of transport in a given day such as the use of Bus Public Transport or Ferry public transport.


The service offers advantages to users of the service as well as to the environment and the economy. Exclusive car parking and car sharing contribute to the improvement of air quality in urban centres and improved energy efficiency of fuels. Driving less for car parking space means less fuel spent and burnt, hence less carbon based emissions as well. It will also contribute to less traffic congestion because its goal is to have less privately owned vehicles on the road. It is a fact that between 90 and 95% of the lifetime of a privately owned vehicle stays parked and idle, thus implying that the investment in it together with high operational costs are far more than actual paying for the use of a car only  when one really needs to.


Transport Malta will be carrying out an educational campaign to explain the service to the general public.

Vehicle and licences; from Floriana to Paola

The vehicle and licensing units of Transport Malta are moving from Floriana to A3 Towers in Paola, on Monday.

Clients who want to register, transfer, garage or scrap a vehicle must visit Transport Malta’s new offices in Triq l-Arkata, Paola.

Clients who need to apply for the driver’s license or renew it must also go to Paola.

Driving licence tests will remain in Floriana.


For the first time Transport Malta will have a dedicated office for customer care.  The Authority is also providing better parking facilities with an area close to Addolorata Cemetery’s parking lot.

The authority is working on a programme to have more of its services available online.  The public can use more of Transport Malta’ s services from the comfort of their homes.