Dr Ian Borg visits Transport Malta’s Traffic Control Centre
Today, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects visited the Traffic Control Centre in Paola. This centre, founded by Transport Malta, started functioning with a complete team of officials as of 25th September this year with the aim of having the control centre function on a 24/7 basis as of next January.
The Minister emphasised how a centre such as this is an essential tool for authorities to be able to control traffic and take a reliable account of the traffic situations in different zones in our country. The centre works together with other tools which help drivers on our roads, including a number of cameras on our main roads. Dr Borg said that the number of cameras presently installed is 27, but this figure is expected to be doubled in the future.
A number of officials in the centre observe what is happening on the roads while remaining in constant contact via radio with Transport Malta officials stationed on the roads, as well as with the Police and LESA.
It is here as well that officials receive telephone calls with requests for the emergency towing service, where they then proceed to guide the trucks to remove vehicles which are obstructing the road as soon as possible. The average number of requests for the service is of 10 per day.
Dr Borg emphasised the fact that Transport Malta has considerably strengthened its enforcement section. In fact, it has also opened a section for motorcycles so that officials can intervene in the most rapid way should the need arise. He announced that in the coming weeks, officials will be wearing body cams and will have dash cams on their vehicles, all with a real-time link to the control centre.
It is worth mentioning that Transport Malta is cooperating fully with the commissioner for data protection while following guidelines from his office to ensure that the privacy rights of individuals are respected.
The control centre was initiated as part of the project Modus I, a project which is co-financed by European Regional Funds. However, the Ministry has not stopped here, and the Minister anticipated that preparations on the project Modus II are well underway. Modus II will include new premises in Sa Maison, together with the installation of new cameras. Both centres will function cooperatively, making full use of the investment.