Low-Cost Alternative Transport on European Mobility Week

During European Mobility Week – 16th and 22nd September –Transport Malta has partnered with several service providers to provide the public with a week of discounted sustainable mobility. 

Offers made available between 16th and 22nd September are as follows:

  • Malta Public Transport will be offering €5 free credits on Tallinja Cards registered during the entire week;
  • First-time registrations to GoTo will be benefitting from 30 minutes of free use when signing up using the MOBILITY30 Promo Code;
  • Free 30 free minutes will be offered on all TallinjaBike trips during Mobility Week;
  • Cool rides will be discounted by €1.00 when using the promo code MOBILITYWEEK19.
  • Nextbike will be offering 60 free minutes to all new signups
  • Whizascoot will be offering a €5 bonus for all new signups.

Offers made available on Car Free Day, 22nd September:

  • Transport on Demand by Malta Public Transport will be at a total price of €1/trip on 22nd September;
  • Valletta Ferry Services will be offering discounted Adult return tickets (€2.00 instead of €2.80);
  • IoScoot trips will be offered at €0.15c/minute instead of €0.25/minute.

This event is held in conjunction with the CIVITAS DESTINATIONS Project and European Mobility Week 2019

Malta Social Biking Challenge

The #MaltaSocialBikingChallenge aims to encourage cycling as a sustainable method of transport and award commuters who adopt cycling as a transport practice.

The challenge covers 3 weeks, starting from the 16th September till the 6th of October.  Participants collect points depending on the distances covered by bicycle. These are tracked by the readily available and free BikePrints app.

To be part of the Malta Social Biking Challenge, interested participants must follow these steps:

Download the BikePrints app

Register your participation

Select ‘S-b Malta Challenge’ as location category

Once registered participants can track their progress during each stage.

Start cycling and collecting points

Participants are eligible to participate in every Stage.

The time brackets of each Stage are as follows:

  • Pair Stage (September 16-22)
  • Group Stage (September 23-29)
  • Individual Stage (September 30 – October 6)

Pair stage

Each pair tracks their rides and earns points for the kilometres covered during the week. To form a pair, participants must invite a friend or find another participant who has expressed their interest in forming a pair through the app.

 In this stage participants can earn Pair bonus points as follows:

·       Common route bonus points (1 km = 2 points) – are earned when a participant follows the route of his/her partner (not at the same time)

·       Cycling together bonus points (1km=3points) – are earned when the pair rides together (at the same time)

Group stage

Groups of four, track their rides and earn points for the kilometres covered during the week. To form a group, participants must invite three friends or find three participants from the app who are interested to form a group of four.

In this stage participants can earn Group bonus points as follows:

  • Common route bonus points (1 km = 2 points) are earned when at least two participants of the group follow the same route (not at the same time)
  • Cycling together bonus points (1 km = 3 points) are earned when at least two participants of the group ride together (at the same time).

Individual stage

Each participant tracks his/her rides and earns points for the kilometres covered during the week of the stage (1km= 1point).

Note: When a Stage ends, all participants are automatically transferred to the following stage. However, if for example one is participating in the Pair Stage, participants must take part in pairs in order to earn points. The same principle applies to the other Stages as indicated above.

Prizes

Thirty (30) prizes are up for grabs and will be awarded to participants randomly. Winners will be awarded €100 vouchers to spend on Cycling Equipment. Ten (10) vouchers are assigned per Stage. Chances of winning are directly proportional to the number of points collected.

Another seven (7) prizes are up for grabs for the winners of each Stage. Winners will be awarded a €1,400 voucher to purchase a pedelec.  Prizes will be assigned as shown below:

  • One (1) pedelec will be awarded to the Individual Stage winner
  • Two (2) Pedelecs will be awarded to the Pair Stage winners
  • Four (4) pedelecs will be awarded to the Group Stage winners

Dates to keep in mind

Dates regarding registration and prize distribution are as shown below:

  • 09th September:  Registration is open.
  • 16th September:  Start of the Malta Social Biking challenge
  • 16th – 22nd September: Pair Stage
  • 23rd– 29th September: Group Stage
  • 30th September – October 6th: Individual Stage
  • 06th October: End of the Malta Social Biking challenge
  • 14th October: Prizes distribution
  • 13th December: Deadline to claim prizes

For further details kindly access the links below:

European Commission Social Biking general rules:

European Mobility week Social biking initiative:

www.mobilityweek.eu/eu-initiatives/social-biking-challenge/

Play store BikePrints app:      

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.europa.publications.bikeprints&hl=en_US

Apple app store BikePrints app:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bikeprints/id1274056554

The Malta Road Safety Council meets the President

The Malta Road Safety Council met his Excellency George Vella, the President of Malta. They discussed the council’s work, the state of road safety in Malta and explored different ways on how the Council and the President’s office could cooperate in the future. The President and the Council agreed to meet regularly.
The President augured the Council well and encouraged the council members to keep up their commitment in favour of road safety.

Transport Malta at the Gadgets Expo

Transport Malta participated in the Gadgets Expo that took place at MFCC between the 10th and the 12th of May. We invited our local partners to join us and promote the concept of Transport Sharing services that are all currently available around the island. The mentioned partners for this event were namely: GOTO, Ioscoot, Malta Public Transport and Greenroads Malta. We also offered the general public a chance to test drive a Renault Twizy in the designated outside parking area to which we received very good feedback.

Vacancies


Project Manager within Chairman’s Office – Malta National Electromobility Platform Unit

Jobsplus Permit: 152/2019                             Vacancy Number: 345986

The chosen candidate will coordinate the implementation of the assigned project/s according to the rules and regulations set by the respective Funding Programmes, the respective Application Forms, approved projects and Grant Agreements. The role includes the coordination of all aspects of the public procurement process, ensuring the effective disbursement of funds and sound management of assigned project’s budget.  Maintain set deadlines and standards during the implementation of actions and contracted project deliverables. 

Applicants for this post must be in possession of the following:-

Essential Qualifications and Experience:-

  • Qualified (Bachelor’s Degree/qualification at a tertiary level) in Project Management/Economics and/or Business Management/Accounting or a related field.
  • Two years experience in a similar position including experience in public procurement process and EU funds management.

Projects Manager – Smiths Project within the Malta National Electromobility Platform Unit

Jobsplus Permit:  153/2019                            Vacancy Number: 345991

The chosen candidate will coordinate the implementation of the assigned projects in their entirety according to the rules and regulations set by the respective Funding Programmes, the approved projects and the respective Grant Agreements. The role includes the coordination of all aspects of the project implementation including: the physical implementation of the project, projects supervision and supervision of contractors. The coordination of the public procurement process, ensuring the effective disbursement of funds and sound management of assigned project’s budget and maintain set deadlines and standards during the implementation of actions and contracted project deliverables.  Coordinate and oversee subcontractors’ deliverables by (among other measures) carrying out site visits, certify subcontractors’ works on behalf of the Authority, coordinate and follow up on permits required by PA/ERA and other relevant entities, coordinate and compile as necessary the progress, financial and monitoring reporting as required. Assist as necessary in the implementation of other projects, be they EU or nationally funded.

Applicants for this post must be in possession of the following:-

Essential Qualifications and Experience:-

  • Warranted Perit/Civil Engineer
  • Three (3) years proven experience in Project Management in the field of Transport / Civil Engineering / Geography or a related field

Airworthiness Inspector – Civil Aviation Directorate

Jobsplus Permit: 146/2019           Vacancy Number: 345994

The chosen candidate shall ensure that the Maltese civil aviation industry complies with the applicable national and European Union regulatory requirements, in the field of airworthiness.

Applicants for this post must be in possession of the following:-

Essential Qualifications & Experience:-

  • Have held a similar position of Airworthiness/Engineering Inspector with a national aviation authority for at least 3 years.

or

  • Hold a type rated Category B1.1, B2 or C Part 66 aircraft maintenance licence or an aeronautical/engineering university degree recognized by the Civil Aviation Directorate;
  • Have held managerial positions in Quality/Continuing Airworthiness/Maintenance;
  • Experienced in conducting airworthiness reviews, ARC recommendations and aircraft physical inspections;
  • Have had at least three years proven experience in Quality Auditing/Management or Continuing Airworthiness Management in the Civil Aviation field.

Inspecting Officer (Flight Operations) – Civil Aviation Directorate

Jobsplus Permit: 145/2019                             Vacancy Number: 346001

The chosen candidate will assist the Head of Flight Operations Inspectorate on matters related to air transport operations, specifically in determining and reporting upon the level of operational safety of the holders of Air Operators Certificates, by means of inspections and surveillance.

Applicants for this post must be in possession of the following:-

Essential Qualifications and Experience:-

  • Extensive experience in dispatch operations generally not less than 5 years as a dispatcher or operations officer.

or

  • Extensive experience in ground operations, not less than 5 years in a medium-high management position within a commercial air transport operator.

or

  • Extensive experience in a role related to management systems generally not less than 5 years in the field of safety and compliance management.

Flag & Port State Control Inspector

The chosen candidate will be expected to support the Merchant Shipping Directorate in ensuring that the Maltese Flag and Register continue to retain their excellent reputation amongst the World’s merchant fleets.

Applicants must be in possession of:

Essential Qualifications

  • A Certificate of Competence as a Master Mariner or a Chief Mate or equivalent; or
  • A Certificate of Competence as a Chief Engineer or a Second Engineer Officer or equivalent; or
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture, Engineering or in an equivalent discipline, including safety management.  
Photo by Peter Paul Barbara

Experience

  • Practical Experience in shipping

Applications accompanied by a recent Police Conduct Certificate, are to be sent to recruitment.tm@transport.gov.mt by not later than noon of Monday, 25th February 2019.

All applications will be acknowledged and treated in the strictest confidence.

Late applications will not be considered. 

Stormwater works in Mqabba

The Works and Infrastructure Department within the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects is currently leading a project in Triq Karmenu Ciantar in Mqabba.

This work will serve to direct rain water into a new stormwater culvert system. Therefore, this road will be closed to traffic from Monday 4th February until Wednesday 20th February.

Drivers are encouraged to drive carefully and to be cautious when nearing the zone, while being requested to follow the given directions.

We thank the public for their cooperation during these improvement works, forming part of the Mqabba Regeneration Project .

Malta’s Aviation Industry gears up to fight climate change

Malta’s aviation industry plans to grow  without further increasing emissions  from the year 2020 (carbon neutral growth), to contribute to the global fight against climate change.  Through the ICAO initiative CORSIA, the aviation industry is working to limit the amount of its carbon emissions to the 2020 level and will offset any further emissions over that level in the following years.

Human-generated Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is a major contributor to global warming, the climatic phenomenon that is wreaking havoc for the World’s climate, causing unprecedented extreme weather and weather-related natural disasters.  The aviation industry has agreed to a series of measures to reduce carbon dioxide and thus fight climate change in line with the aspirations of the Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC.

The initiative CORSIA stands for Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.   It is the first ever sector-wide carbon-ofsetting programme.  Starting this year, each operator will record the amount of CO2 emissions for every international flight.  The information recorded will be verified and submitted to the Competent Authority, who will collaborate with Transport Malta to validate it and who will in turn submit to ICAO’S central registry system.  The average of the total CO2 emissions of 2018 and 2019 will provide the baseline against which the excess carbon emissions will be calculated in the following years.  This excess will then need to be offset through the use of sustainable fuels or by buying credits from the carbon market, that is, contribute to projects that actively reduce carbon emissions.

CORSIA is a market based measure and is one of a variety of measures that the International Aviation industry is implementing to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change.  ICAO actively encourages operational improvements, efficient routing, new aircraft technology and sustainable aviation fuels.

Earlier this week, Transport Malta gave an overview of the Corsia initiative during a workshop that the Malta Resources Authority organised for Airline Operators holding a Maltese licence. As an EU Member State, Maltese operators also take part in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the workshop also updated the operators with the latest developments in the EU legislation relating to ETS and the European implementation of CORSIA

Skypeople from the UK sets up shop in Malta

Transport Malta has just approved Flypeople Limited, a subsidiary of the renowned Skypeople, as an organisation entitled to provide the attestation of initial cabin crew training. Skypeople is the leading independent provider of cabin crew training and boasts clients like British Airways and most major cariers.

Aspiring cabin crew members can now get the Initial Cabin Crew Training Attestation in Malta, independently from an airline. The successful completion of the course will give them an edge over competitors to join any European Airline. FlyPeople is the only organisation in Malta that specialises on Cabin Crew Training.

From left to right: Mr Shaun Waddingham – Commercial Director Fly People, Ms Collette de Stowe – Head of Training/Director Fly People, Ms Rachel Grech – Head of Personnel Licensing – TM, Mr Daniel Micallef – Inspecting Officer Flight Operations / Cabin Inspector –TM, Capt Charles Pace – Director General for Civil Aviation – Malta

The course, which will be offerred once a month, includes all the generic modules that an attestation given by an airline would provide, ranging from aviation regulation, passenger handling to emergency procedures and Aero medical first aid. Once employed, the cabin crew candidates only need to complete the airline and aircraft specific training.

Potential cabin crew personnel in possession of this attestation will be in a better position to be employed by an airline. They will save the airline training money and can prove their ability to outdo the compulsary tests, further convincing the airline of their ability to complete the training successfully. In short, it makes the applicant much more employable and much better placed than non-qualified applicants.