The general assembly, the highest organ of EUCARIS, the
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.
Transport Malta held a Pink October Awareness Day last week.
Medical students offered various heald checks for Transport Malta Employees. In a dedicated room, students from the Malta Medical Students Association took blood samples, measured blood pressure and weighed TM employees to check the BMI and for diabetes, among others.
Mrs Michelle Muscat from the Marigold Foundation visited Transport Malta’s offices in Lija and introduced two breast cancer survivors who shared their experience with cancer. They encouraged all those present to keep on the lookout and perform check-ups to prevent cancer.
Activities to mark the European Mobility Week 2018
The Malta National Electromobility Platform within Transport Malta is organising a number of initiatives and activities to mark the European Mobility Week which is held between the 16th and the 22nd September. The theme for this year’s edition is “Multimodality – Mix and Move”. The theme encourages us to explore the many different options of transport and to think about the mode that best suits our particular journey.
National Bicycle Ride on 21 September
The fifth edition of the National Bicycle Ride will be organised on the 21st of September, Independence Day. Registration for this activity is free of charge and will open on the same day at 08:00hrs at the parking area in front of the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects. The Ride will start from this point at 08:30hrs and will finish at about 11:30hrs at the same place. The riders will be accompanied by a number of electric vehicles provided by Transport Malta. Participants will be given a free t-shirt. Participants will have the opportunity to win a lottery giving them a financial grant to purchase an electric bicycle and cycling equipment.
National Car Free Day on 22 September
The National Car Free Day will be held on Saturday 22nd September in Tas-Sliema and Gżira. On the day, between 10:00hrs and 16:00hrs, cars will make way for pedestrians. No access to cars will be allowed along The Strand, direction to Tas-Sliema whilst traffic will proceed in two way traffic on the other two lanes direction to Valletta. All roads leading to the Strand will be closed to traffic except for emergency vehicles. Traffic towards Rue D’Argens will not be affected. Parking will be allowed at Manoel Island free of charge. Park & Ride service will be provided free of charge from/to Floriana and Gżira between 09:30hrs and 16:30hrs. Valletta – Sliema ferry service will operate at a special rate.
More details here
The following Local Councils are organising various activities. Full details are available from the respective organisers:
Ħad-Dingli Local Council
Għard Gozo Local Council
Imqabba Local Council
Ħaż-Żebbuġ Local Council
Ħal-Safi Local Council
St. Paul’s Bay Local Council
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.
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.
Transport Malta will be at Science in the City, in Valletta tonight, giving you an opportunity to be creative for road safety.
Don\’t miss our special exhibition, demonstrating the science behind our transport system and to inspire a new generation to a career in STEM.
This year the event\’s theme is Exploring Today’s Research in Tomorrow’s Society and the impact of the work of researchers at the University of Malta.
You\’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with researchers and be enlightened by their new research, experience explosions and conduct your own experiments as they bring the future of research to life today.
This year\’s special features will include a first for Malta: a life-size hologram that will showcase the future of healthcare and medical research before you in 3D, with no need for those clumsy goggles. Also featured are the team from Greenhouse, who will be taking over President’s Palace to convince you of the importance of bees to our ecosystem with #Bees4Food. Late Interactive and EU project HOT, in collaboration with the university, will be back with their new installation Light Pushes Stuff. This offers you the chance to control panels of kinetic light pads with nothing other than the torch light of a smartphone. Visit the Science Fair as it takes over Parliament Square with vortex cannons, underwater rovers and so much more.
We hope you can join us for this all this and so much more at the biggest Science in the City event yet!
The Science in the City—European Researchers’ Night festival is recognised by EFFE and organised by the University of Malta, Malta Chamber of Scientists, and Research Trust (RIDT), together with a host of partners and sponsors, and funded by the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Programme (2014–2020).
Full programme: www.scienceinthecity.org.mt