Christmas 2018

Sometimes our driving, or the driving of others brings out the worst in us.  Christmas time, on the other hand is primed to bring out the best.  Transport Malta has launched a campaign, inspired by the Christmas season, with the aim to arouse our best self on the road.

Transport Malta has produced a video, inspired by Charles Dicken’s immortal novel, A Christmas Carol.  Simplistically, the novel tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge an incorrigible miser who receives a visit from three ghosts that show him his real self and the effect he has on those around him, inspiring him to change his ways.

In our story, the miser, the indelible schmuck is Charles, a reckless driver. A ghost pays him a visit in his own car following a stint of delinquent driving, in the hope that he, together with a number of Maltese drivers, whose etiquette on the road is severely lacking, change their ways. 

Transport Malta officials set up a roadblock in Regional Road. They stopped several cars but instead of fines, they handed out mince pies, to remind drivers that in Christmas and hopefully throughout the year, we can all be nicer on the road.

During the Christmas period, everyone is gentler, kinder, more mindful of those around him.  We celebrate together, exchange gifts and greetings. Transport Malta hopes that this spirit of Christmas,  can also descend on our roads.  The aim of the campaign is exactly that, to remind drivers to disseminate the spirit of Christmas on the road.  As we are mindful of others, other family members, friends and even people in need, during this period, we should also be mindful of the other road users.  And as the Christmas period hopefully inspires us to be more mindful for others throughout the rest of the year, with some effort, we can stick to this caring attitude on the road all year as well.

Thus we appeal to each and every driver on the road, every rider, every cyclist and every pedestrian to be mindful, caring and respectful on the road. Let’s make our interactions on the road more pleasant, it is us, after all, who will gain most, a more pleasurable commute, less chances of an accident and we’ll even get there faster.   Season’s Greetings.

Street Smart

Mapfre foundation with the support of the Malta Road Safety Council is organising a show in various schools around Malta.  The light hearted show has a number of lessons and tips for street smart kids. 

The Malta Road Safety Council is distributing some merchandise to help the students remember the lessons learnt during the show.

Have a safe ride home

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Barricades in front of Bieb il-Bombi

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Barricades in front of Bieb il-Bombi for pedestrian safety

Transport Malta will be installing barricades on the central strip of Triq Nazzjonali, Floriana, to direct pedestrians in using the subway to cross the road.  

Despite the appropriately built subway numerous pedestrians opt to perilously cross multiple lanes.  Transport Malta’s intervention is designed to reduce the risk accidents in one of the busiest roads in Malta. 

Ministry officials are cleaning the subway each day and the Ministry has recently installed security cameras to help improve safety for users.

Transport Malta urges drivers to keep on the lookout, adhere to road signs and instructions from officials on site for the safety of workers. The works to install the barricades will start tonight and will be carried out throughout the week, between 20:00 and 03:00 each night to minimise disruption.  The road will not be closed.

Children’s Day

Transport Malta, The Malta Road Safety Council and the Commissioner for Children team up to raise awareness on child road safety. Transport Malta produced a series of graphics and radio adverts on three main issues that can determine the children\’s safety whilst commuting. The campaign was launched a few days before 20th November, Children’s Day.

 

Seatbelts

The campaign urges everyone to wear their seatbelt; even when riding at the back with a special emphasis on children.

 

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Car Seats

The second poster is about car seats. There is lack of information on which car seat to use. Too many people do not know that there are different categories of car seats. We urge parents to research and get the right car seat for their children.

 

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Smoking

Passive smoking is very harmful. It is surely harmful in an enclosed space like a car and especially harmful for children. We urge everyone not to smoke in the car when their kids are around.

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