List of Arterial and Distributor Roads
* The Authority for Transport in Malta is responsible for the maintenance, improvement and upkeep of arterial and distributor roads in accordance with regulation 3(1) of Subsidiary Legislation 499.57 of the Laws of Malta entitled ‘New Roads and Road Works Regulations’. This regulation provides that:
‘The Authority shall provide, either by itself or through an undertaking, and where appropriate in consultation with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, for the construction, reconstruction, widening, renewal, upkeep, improvement, management, maintenance and classification of roads:
Provided that where the road is neither an arterial road nor a distributor road, the upkeep, improvement and maintenance thereof shall be provided for by the appropriate Local Council in accordance with article 33 of the Local Councils Act.’
Subsidiary Legislation 499.57 of the Laws of Malta excludes arterial and distributor roads from the the Local Councils responsibility. In this regard, article 33(2) of the Local Councils Act, Chapter 363 of the Laws of Malta makes reference to arterial and distributor roads as determined by the Structure Plan of the Maltese Islands as not falling under the Local Council’s responsibility and which therefore fall under the Authority for Transport in Malta’s responsibility. In view that the Structure Plan is no longer in force and has been replaced by the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development, the Authority for Transport in Malta’s responsibility for roads is limited and in accordance with a list of arterial and distributor roads.
In this regard and in accordance with Regulation 3(3) of Subsidiary Legislation 499.57 of the Laws of Malta which provides that ‘(3) The Authority shall keep a list, available on request, of all public roads as classified by it and may, at any time, delete from or add roads to that list.’, a list of arterial and distributor roads is accessible to the public on the Authority for Transport in Malta’s website. This list has replaced the roads listed as arterial and distributor in the Structural Plan of the Maltese Islands and is continuosly updated in order to reflect any changes which take place.
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