Transport Malta refers to the report by the Malta Independent on Sunday of 30th November entitled “Cover Up? Records of Car that blocked hospital disappeared”
The report is factually wrong.
From immediate internal investigations conducted by Transport Malta, it emerges evident that the vehicle in question is still registered and licensed in Transport Malta’s database, contradicting the unfounded allegation made by the newspaper report.
Transport Malta has asked both Mater Dei Hospital and Malta Enterprise to confirm the registration number of the vehicle involved in the incident to be able to confirm with its internal database. Based on the information provided, the vehicle is still registered in the system, has a valid licence and a valid VRT certificate.
Transport Malta has also asked the Government’s central IT agency (MITA) who is responsible to maintain Transport Malta’s database, to investigate whether there were any changes to the details in this particular vehicle record. MITA confirmed there were no such changes. Consequently, there were no deletions or tampering as is being alleged.
Transport Malta would also like to assure the general public that online access to personalised details using the online road licence renewal system is strictly limited to persons having the necessary information about the vehicle and the registered owner from the registration certificate (log book) and not just the registration number. This contradicts the impression given by the newspaper that access to personalised details is done merely using the registration number of that particular vehicle. Again the reporting by the Malta Independent on Sunday is factually wrong.
Transport Malta confirms it had not received any query from the newspaper to confirm or otherwise the story before it being published as is customary in normal journalistic practice. Transport Malta is asking the Malta Independent on Sunday to immediately retract the allegations made in its regard.
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