A week for sustainable transport

Activities to promote sustainable transport are held every day throughout the week with the peak being the 22nd where Europe joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Car Free Day. On the day, people all over the world are encouraged, for just one day, to make use of alternative means of transport to get to their destinations. 

The Bicycle Ride

For the fifth consecutive year, Transport Malta is organizing the National Bicycle Ride on 21st September, Independence Day. Registration for the event opens at 08:00hrs at Belt is-Sebħ Floriana. Participation is free of charge.
The aim of this event is to raise awareness that road users can share the road with cyclists. Every cyclist on the road is one less car in the traffic jam.
This initiative is part of European Mobility Week, a campaign launched annually by the European Commission to promote sustainable mobility at locality level. Each year, the campaign is held between the 16th and 22nd September.

The Strand Alive

The focus of the event will take place at the Strand Sliema. On the day, the Strand direction to Sliema will be closed to traffic between 10:00hrs to 16:00hrs. Visitors can either take the Sliema – Valletta ferry service which will operate on subsidized rates or opt for the park and ride free of charge service from Floriana to Gżira.

Other events will be held throughout the entire week including in Mqabba, Ħad-Dingli, Għarb, Ħal Safi and Ħaż-Żebbug Malta.
These measures are also being supported by the CIVITAS DESTINATIONS, a project being funded by Horizon 2020. The project shall pilot innovative measures which aim to reduce the negative impact of the influx of tourism on the transport infrastructure at small island destinations. The main deliverable of this project is the compilation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the Inner and Outer Harbour Region of Malta while several actions shall be piloted in parallel. These include the deployment of Smart Parking in Valletta, the promotion of shared transport, the introduction of Green Mobility Awards for the hotel sector and the implementation of grants for Local Councils to implement permanent measures relevant to sustainable transport.

L-Għanja tal-Poplu

Transport Malta teamed up with the Festival l-Għanja tal-Poplu to promote greener means of Transport. 

The opening sequence of the Festival showed Owen, one of the presenters pick up Kim, the other presenter, from her home, in a classic red Ford Mustang.  Kim, however, was unimpressed and opted to go to the Festival in a totally electric quadricycle. 

Owen was of course very disappointed and believing in the raw power of his vehicle made a challenge to the singers, who were all on their way to the festival.  On a common group chat, he quipped that whoever comes last would pay for a pizza.

All other singers stayed away from the traditional car, using greener means of transport, ranging from an electric car to an electric scooter to bikes and good old walking.  They used the ferry service, the Barrakka lift and the various internal transport services Valletta provides.

Owen, in his mustang, got stuck behind a rookie driver and had serious trouble finding a  parking spot.  He ended up arriving late, having to pay for the pizza and a contravention.

Transport Malta would like to thank the singers, presenters and organisers of the Festival l-Għanja tal-Poplu for their commitment to promote greener means of Transport.

Grant for electric vehicles extended

The government continues working towards Electromobility – another €0.5 million allocated for the scheme on the Purchase of Electric Vehicles

The Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects announces the extension of the grant scheme on environmentally friendly vehicles by another €0.5 million. The aim of the scheme is to improve air quality levels by reducing old motor vehicles from our roads and by promoting the purchase of battery electric vehicles and battery electric quadricycles.

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Initially, the scheme which was launched earlier on this year through Transport Malta had an allocation of €0.5 million, and between January and July 2018 all applications submitted for the grant were accommodated, to the extent that 98 additional electric vehicles were registered on Maltese roads.

Commenting on this extended benefit, Minister Ian Borg said, “We are committed to deliver a transport sector which befits our country and its people. Our work consists not only of improved infrastructural design and investment in public transportation, but also in incentivising the people of Malta and Gozo to invest in cleaner alternatives for their private transportation needs. We understand that certain circumstances require the use of a private vehicle, but we feel it is our duty as a Government and as a country to ensure that these circumstances have the least negative impact possible on our environment.”

The Minister pointed out that as from this year, the Government has also removed the registration tax for all new and used electric vehicles including motorcycles, battery driven electric mopeds, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and range extender electric vehicles used by an individual, private and commercial companies, NGOs, local councils and Government departments, while the Annual Circulation Licence fee has been waived off for the first five years for these same vehicles.

The extended scheme is composed of a range of benefits with their own sets of conditions. Should an eligible applicant not scrap another vehicle, they would benefit from €2,500 when registering a new or used Battery Electric quadricycle, €4,000 upon registering an imported second-hand Battery Electric/Plug-in Hybrid M1 and N1 vehicle not older than 36 months, with not more than 15,000 km on the odometer, and €6,000 upon registering a new Battery Electric/Plug-in Hybrid M1 and N1 vehicle. Should eligible parties register a new Battery Electric/Plug-in Hybrid M1 and N1 vehicle when another vehicle with an internal combustion engine having at least 10 years from the year of its manufacture is de-registered and scrapped at an authorised destruction facility, they would benefit from €7,000. Finally, Government is giving up to €200,000 for commercial companies to change their vehicle fleet from ICE to EV. Terms and conditions apply in all cases. The grant is applicable to private car owners, registered NGOs, the business community and local councils.

Applications are on a first come first served basis. Companies that have already benefited from last year’s scheme on electric vehicles are eligible to benefit again from this scheme if they are in line with state aid regulations. Application forms for such schemes can be collected from the Vehicle Licensing Unit within Transport Malta, A3 Towers, Paola or from http://www.transport.gov.mt/land-transport.

National Bike Ride 2017

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300 cyclists in National Bicycle Ride 2017
This morning, 300 cyclists participated in the National Bike Ride, from Floriana to Mosta and back.  The ride, now in its fourth edition, is becoming more popular among Maltese enthusiasts and 100 more cyclists than last year participated.  The run started from in front of the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects in Floriana and took the participants to Ħamrun, Santa Venera, Ħ\’Attard, Mosta, Birkirkara and Msida.
After the ride, the Permanent Secretary within the ministry, Christopher Cutajar talked about a number of initiatives that are promoting the bicycle as an alternative means of transport.  He talked about applications for European funds to build bicycle lanes and the drafting of the National Cycling Policy.  Mr Cutajar then gave away a number of prizes, including electric bikes.
The ride on National Car Free Day 2017 was one of the activities of European Mobility Week. The theme for this year’s edition is “Sharing gets you Further”, reflecting the notion that sharing transport modes will lighten the burden on the streets, making them more efficient.
The Malta National Electromobility Platform, within Transport Malta, organised the Bike Ride with the help of the Police, Transport Malta enforcement officers and St. John’s Ambulance.
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Bike Ride Tomorrow

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The National Bicycle Ride will start from the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects in Floriana, tomorrow at 08:30.

The riders will cycle through Blata l-Bajda, Ħamrun, St. Venera, Ħ’Attard and Mosta, from where they will head  back through Ħal Lija, Birkirkara, St. Venera and Ħamrun until they reach the Ministry.  The ride is expected to last around two hours.  A number of Transport Malta’s electric vehicles will accompany the riders throughout the trip to ensure the riders’ safety. 

Anyone with a bicycle is invited to attend.  Registration is free of charge and starts at 08:00, in front of the Ministry.  Every participant will get a free t-shirt and five lucky ones will win an electric bike worth around €1,400.

This is the 4th edition of the National Bicycle Ride. The bike ride is one of the initiatives and activities the Malta National Electromobility Platform within Transport Malta is organising to mark the European Mobility Week.  The theme for this year’s edition is “Sharing gets you Further”, reflecting the notion that sharing transport modes will lighten the burden on the streets, making them more efficient.

The Malta National Electromobility Platform was set up by the Transport Ministry and Transport Malta to implement the Malta National Electromobility Action Plan. The plan facilitates the eventual electrification of private and public transport while promoting electromobility and electric vehicles, both with car importers as well as the general public and private companies.

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Grant Schemes on electric Environment Friendly Vehicles

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Grant Schemes on electric Environment Friendly Vehicles

Government re-issues the Grant Scheme on the Purchase of Electric Vehicles to promote Electromobility for Individuals, Local Councils, Registered NGOs and Private Companies

Transport Malta in conjunction with the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, is extending the grant scheme on environment-friendly vehicles with another €150,000. The scheme aims at reducing emissions generated from road traffic and thus improving the air quality levels by reducing the number of old motor vehicles from our roads, by promoting the purchase of Battery Electric Vehicles and Battery Electric Quadricycles.

Between January and July 2017, all the applications submitted for the grant were accommodated to the extent that 28 additional electric vehicles were registered on Maltese Roads.

The grant is applicable to Private Car Owners, Registered NGOs, Business Community and also to the Local Councils.

The scheme, subject to various conditions is as follows:

  1. For private individuals the grant will amount to:
  1. €5,000 when registering a new or used electric Category M1 or N1 vehicle without scrapping an older vehicle;
  2. €8,000 when registering a new electric Category M1 or N1 vehicle and de-registering another Category M1 or N1 vehicle which is at least 10 years old from year of manufacture;
  3. €2,000 when registering a new or used electric quadricycle.

For used electric vehicles, the grant is only applicable for Battery Electric Vehicles of not more than 24 months old from date of first registration and not more than 12,000 km on the odometer.

Applications will be handled on a first come first serve basis. Companies which have already benefited from the last scheme with respect to electric vehicles are eligible to benefit again from this scheme as long as they are in line with state aid regulations.

Application forms for such schemes can be collected from the Vehicle Licensing Unit within Transport Malta, A3 Towers, Raħal Ġdid or from http://www.transport.gov.mt/land-transport

Car Sharing in Malta

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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.

Green Vehicles Grant re-launched

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Transport Malta re-opens Grant Scheme on the Purchase of New Environment-Friendly Vehicles and extends the Grant Scheme on the Purchase of Electric Vehicles to include Local Councils

Transport Malta, in conjunction with the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, is extending the current scheme in the form of a grant to incentivise the purchase of Battery Electric Vehicles and Battery Electric Quadricycles. Following the success of the scheme launched last January, a further €100,000 has been allocated and the scheme has now been extended to include Local Councils.

This scheme is 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.

A grant of €4,000 will be given to persons registering a new or used electric car and €2,000 to those registering a new or used electric quadricyle. The grant shall increase from €4,000 to €7,000 in cases of persons registering a new Battery Electric Vehicle while at the same time opting to de-register another internal combustion engine propelled vehicle which is at least 10 years old from the year of its manufacture.

The scheme is also open to both new and second hand Battery Electric Vehicles which should not exceed 12,000 km on the odometer and would not be more than 24 months old.

In addition, Transport Malta and the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure is also launching two new grants to further promote Electromobility.

Purchase and Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Pillars for the Business Community and NGOs

The Government in conjunction with Transport Malta is launching a new scheme to incentivise the Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Pillars for the Business Community and NGOs.

The scheme is aimed assisting market entry of the electric vehicle charging technology and to assist business undertakings and NGOs to switch to cleaner vehicle technology, by assisting the increase in technology available to recharge car batteries.

The grant will amount to a maximum of €2,000 per electric vehicle charging pillar. Every eligible entity can install more than one electric vehicle charging pillar but shall be entitled to only one ‘total’ grant under this scheme which will be inclusive for up to a maximum of five (5) charging pillars. A company may install the pillars specifically for its use or for the use of its clients.

Government Grant for the Upgrading of New Plug-in Electric Vehicle Importers’ Service Centres and Staff Training

Another new scheme that the Government, in conjunction with Transport Malta, is launching is a scheme to incentivise the Upgrading of Electric Vehicle Service Garages established within new plug-in EV Car Importers.

The scheme is aimed at assisting the market entry of the new plug-in electric vehicles in the Maltese Islands which are not yet available on the national market and to assist car importers to start offering Support Servicing on their sold EVs. This will prompt private persons, the business community and NGOs to switch to cleaner vehicle technology, especially since with such a scheme vehicle servicing can be done locally.

The grant will amount to a maximum of €25,000 per Car Importer. The scheme is for a grant intended for established new-Car Importers and their current Service Garages to cater for the maintenance of new Plug-in Electric Vehicle models currently both on the Maltese car market and new vehicles intended to be introduced on the Maltese new car market. The grant can also be used for/or in conjunction with staff training and re-training.

All applications will be handled on a first come first served basis.

These are other initiatives of the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure and Transport Malta as part of Government policy to promote the use of clean and energy efficient vehicles.

Over the last few years Government had published its policy to promote the introduction of    electromobility in Malta with the publication of the Malta National Electromobility Action Plan (MNEAP) and the set up of the Malta National Electromobility Platform (MNEP).

Applications for these schemes are available from the Vehicle Licensing Unit or downloaded here.

Greening the Environment

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Greening the Environment Initiatives Awarded

The Port-PVEV Project, an EU funded project demonstrating energy efficiency in port areas and candidate for the GREENING THE ISLANDS AWARDS won the award for the best sustainable transport measure.  The Port PVEV Project was led by Transport Malta and partnered by the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, the Port Authority of Catania, the Municipality of Caltanissetta and the Port of Gela.

The award ceremony was part of a three day international conference entitled Greening the Islands with the participation of a number of small islands in the Mediterranean and beyond. The conference which started last Wednesday, incorporated in it Malta’s Second Electromobility Conference entitled The Air We Share which was also addressed by Hon Minister Joe Mizzi and Hon Minister Leo Brincat. Besides sustainable mobility and climate change issues, the conference is also discussing issues relating to energy and water and brings to the table problems and solutions that are shared by those attending the conference.

The Greening the Islands Award Ceremony included in it an Award Ceremony for those local Councils who last year  participated in the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Competition organised by Transport Malta, MEPA, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change.

Valletta has received a € 50,000 grant to implement VATIS, a project which aims to supply commuters with real time information on transport access to and from, and within the city through a mobile APP to be developed by Valletta through the project.

The Local Councils of Cospicua, Paola and Qormi have also been awarded € 10,000 each to be used in purchasing an electric vehicle to support day-to-day duties of the local council while maintaining a low carbon footprint.

Cospicua and St Paul’s Bay Local Councils have been announced as the winners (first and second places respectively) for the 2015 edition of the SUMP Competition. Cospicua has won €50,000 for their proposal to deploy electric vehicles and use them to extend a pilot which offers electric cab taxi services to its residents.  The Council proposes to extend the service to the three surrounding cities of Birgu, Isla and Kalkara as well as improve connections from the ferry landing sites to the city centre. 

St Paul’s Bay Local Council will in turn receive € 30,000 for the proposal to install charging infrastructure dedicated to electric bicycles and motorcycles, as well as information and awareness raising with residents on the advantages of this mode of transport.

Vittoriosa Local Council’s efforts to pedestrianise its city core and thus reduce traffic from the urban centre have been acknowledged.  The Local Council has been awarded the Best Sustainable Transport Measure Award which comes in the form of a € 10,000 grant.

These grants have been made available by the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, MEPA and Transport Malta as part of European Mobility Week Malta events.

Between the 26th October and 1st November further events aimed at promoting sustainable mobility are being held in various localities around Malta and Gozo.

Between the 26th and 30th October, Bormla Local Council will be offering free electric taxi services from all parts of Bormla to the city centre.

On 30th October, Għarb Local Council (Gozo) is hosting a workshop on cycling safety and other activities at the main square which shall be pedestrianised for the day.

On 31st October, Għaqda Mużikali Madonna tal-Ġilju will be hosting a workshop on cycling safety, a rodeo for children, an Electric Vehicles Exhibition and other activities at the Mqabba main square which will be closed for traffic for the day.

On 1st November, Birgu Local Council shall host several activities at the city core which will be entirely closed for traffic on the day. Activities include walking tours and electric vehicle tours around Birgu’s historical centre, electric cars and antique bicycles exhibitions, dghajsa tal-pass transport from Birgu to Valletta and Isla will be offered on discounted prices on the day.

Credit goes to the Local Councils of Birgu, Bormla and Għarb andthe Għaqda Madonna tal-Ġilju (Mqabba) for their collaboration.

All the above mentioned events are being held as part of the ‘Do The Right Mix’ Campaign a joint initiative in conjunction with European Mobility Week being promoted by the European Commission to promote urban sustainable mobility.