The Budgetary Measures for 2021 related to Land Transport are listed below:
1. Bus 70+
Up until the 31st of December 2020, the measure of people travelling for free using scheduled public transportation included; persons aged between 14 and 20, students aged 21 and over, persons with disabilities, and persons aged 75 or over.
Now, as from the 1st of January 2021, the measure is extended to also include people between the ages of 70 and 74. This will lead to over 28,000 senior citizens, in addition to those already benefitting, to be eligible for this measure in order to benefit from free public transport. The measure works like previous measures; on a refund basis. This means that the amount spent on travel during one month is repaid as credit on the Tallinja card the following month. This measure continues to help the elderly financially, in addition also to other increases in their pensions. More information here.
2. Red character plate vehicle scheme for cars and motorcycles used only during the weekend and public/national holidays
All owners of licensed vehicles, including owners of licensed motorcycles, may apply for their vehicles to be licensed for use on weekends and public holidays only and benefit from a reduction of 65% on their annual circulation licence fee. Vehicles benefitting from this scheme shall have their registration plates changed with ones bearing red registration marks. All vehicles bearing such plates must remain garaged between Monday and Friday until 6.00 pm. More infomation here.
3. Vehicles with Red character plates may also be used on Fridays after 6.00 pm
All licensed vehicles, including motorcycles, that are registered with the Authority to be used solely on weekends and public/national holidays, may now also be used on Fridays after 6.00pm. More infomation here.
The annual circulation licence fee for motorcycles with a cubic capacity between 125cc and 250cc will be reduced from 65 to 25 per year.
5. Vintage vehicles
A vintage vehicle that has travelled a distance of more than three thousand kilometres (3,000 km) on the odometer in one year from its last licence renewal, or has, over a period of two years, travelled an average distance of more than three thousand kilometres (3,000 km) per year, shall, upon its licence renewal, be subject to the payment of the full road licence fee for that year or years in addition to the administrative fee of 8. More information here.
6. New vehicle registration tax and licence fee regime as from the 1st of January 2021 for vehicles with new CO₂ emission values
New cars certified by the manufacturer according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) and having CO₂ emission values of WLTP can benefit from lower registration tax and licence fee rates. As from the 1st of January 2021, Transport Malta has introduced a new vehicle registration tax and licence fee regime based on CO₂ WLTP values that will either have a neutral or positive impact - in terms of lower registration tax and licence fees - on consumers.
7. USED EURO 5 standard commercial vehicles manufactured between the years 2011 and 2015 and having a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes
The current registration tax applicable to commercial vehicles having a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes is dynamic and depends on the latest Euro standards. The latest Euro standard for such vehicles is no longer Euro 5 but Euro 6, and therefore the calculation of the registration tax for USED EURO 5 standard commercial vehicles having a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes and that were manufactured between 2011 and 2015 shall be changed. New and used Euro 6 standard commercial vehicles shall continue to be charged the same registration tax.