Public Service Garage Sector Reform – Public Consultation Begins

Today, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg announced the launch of a Public Consultation about a reform in the public service garage sector.

“I often speak about and stress the importance of multimodality, and how important it is to consider all available options to move from one place to another. In these last two years, our country has taken great strides with regard to available transport systems. Today we have a much better public transport service, popular schemes for the purchase of small sustainable vehicles, sharing and carpooling services, and we have just announced that we are also regulating the use and rental of a smaller means of transport, that of the e-kickscooters,” said Minister Ian Borg.

He said that this spirit of positive change is also evident in the way road infrastructure is being implemented, with several facilities for pedestrians and alternative means.

The Hon. Borg said that in the past years we have also seen substantial growth in chauffeur services, while we continued to witness the use of temporary car rental services. He said that the need was therefore felt to update existing legislation to reflect our times.

“I asked Transport Malta to see that this legislation moves with the times so that we can continue regularising this market. We are speaking about a reform that looks at important objectives, that ensures that operators have a level playing field, that prioritises service quality and safety. This is a reform that will also make space for better competition and more accessible service, that will consider the technology available today,” said the Hon. Borg.

He said that the Authority will be welcoming the public’s comments about this reform and looked ahead to a high-quality policy for this sector as well.

“We will continue legislating and we will continue working and striving on. We want to ensure that the market has a clear framework to follow and we believe we are taking a very positive step today. Our objective remains to continue improving the quality of life of the people and thus we will keep on taking decisions towards this aim,” concluded the Minister.

The document and the public consultation space can be accessed here:

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) on National Transport Master Plan up for consultation.

Positive Feedback on Transport Master Plan 2025

Transport Malta launched a Public Consultation for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the National Transport Master Plan 2025 and the National Transport Strategy 2050.  The SEA follows a period of public consultation on the National Transport Master Plan and Strategy where over 60 entities and individuals submitted close to 600 comments.

Various entities, including Government Ministries, the University of Malta, the GRTU, Chamber of Commerce, Kamra tal-Periti, NGO\’s and various others supported the document and measures suggested. They contributed constructively throughout the consultation process.   A number of suggestions were taken on board and included in the document. Transport Malta published all feedback on its website

The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) protects the environment and promotes sustainable development by including environmental considerations in government and public authority plans and programmes.  The Environmental Report is open for consultation until Friday 9 November 2016.  The documents can be downloaded from the website, or can be viewed in hard copy at the Transport Malta offices at Sa Maison Road, Floriana, by prior appointment calling on 21663069.

The Transport Master Plan 2025 presents a robust strategy to improve roads, build new ones and give incentives for people to use public transport. It also sets out to prioritise transport infrastructure investment, focussing on the removal of the most critical traffic bottlenecks on Malta’s strategic TEN-T network (road, maritime ports and airport), where national, EU and private funding could be most effectively targeted over the next 10 years. A significant portion of the Transport Master Plan, 2025 tackles sustainable mobility, for which a comprehensive list of measures has been identified that aim to encourage greater use of alternative, more sustainable modes of transport (buses, cycling and walking) instead of the private car.

JASPERS and Ineco-Systematica Consortium are supporting Transport Malta to develop the Strategy and Master Plan.  JASPERS provides support for government projects with the aim is to improve the quality of investment supported by EU Funds.  Ineco are global leaders in infrastructure engineering and Systematica are global experts in planning and designing transport systems.

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Public Consultation on the Usage of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Malta

Transport Malta in collaboration with the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry for Tourism will be holding a public consultation meeting to discuss the usage and regulation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Malta, commonly known as civil drones.

The meeting will we held on the 28th February 2015 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta starting at 10:00 am. Registrations from 09:30am. The consultation will give interested parties the opportunity to discuss and comment on the initiative to regulate through the publishing of a legal notice the use of RPAS within Maltese airspace.

A copy of the draft legal notice can be downloaded from this link.

Stakeholders and the general public can send their feedback, comments and suggestions via email.

RPAS Consultation PDF