Guidelines

Guidelines for Signage and Carriageway Markings

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The Guidelines for Signage and Carriageway Markings include guidelines for: stop signs and junctions, give way signs, regulatory mandatory signs, regulatory prohibitory signs, signs and road markings for one-way roads, several warning signs, the dimensions of signs, guidelines for line markings, pedestrian crossings and cats’ eyes.

Guidelines for the Implementation of Traffic Management and Safety Measures and Temporary Diversions

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These are the specific guidelines for the Implementation of Traffic Management and Safety Measures. The guidelines include details for: traffic management and safety for public streets, information on public open spaces and pedestrian footways, use of tables and chairs, signs, parking, lighting requirements, landscaping, pelican and pedestrian crossings, traffic calming measures, cycleways, vehicular speed limits, suggested remedial measures to road safety problems, bus stops and bus lay-bys, use of skips, safety considerations at junctions and requirements for the preparation of traffic management schemes in towns. Download the Permanent traffic management policies and guidelines.

Billboards and Advertisements Regulations, 2016

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As per the Authority for Transport in Malta Act, Transport Malta is responsible for the safe placing of banners, posters and signs of any nature. L.N. 103 of 2016 establishes the requirements for the placing of Billboards and Advertising on the Road which includes the placing of banners, signs and posters on or near the road. Applications for the placing of banners, signs and posters are assessed on a case-by-case basis and decisions address specific road safety issues that may arise.

The Application for the Placing of Banner, Poster or Sign is available from here

Guidelines and Policy for Unimpeded Access to Garages

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The Motor Vehicle Regulations S.L.65.11 states that:

" 77.. (2) No person shall park or leave unattended any motor vehicle in such a manner as to impede any motor vehicle of another person from having free entrance to or exit from any premises used and clearly marked as a garage by the word "GARAGE IN USE":

Provided that for the purpose of this regulation the word "garage" means any premises used specifically for the garaging and, or parking of motor vehicles, and includes a drive-in."

Problems in relation to on-street parking have been progressively reduced due to the improved enforcement with the introduction of Local Wardens, through the established road width dimensions permitting on-street parking and the introduction of Residents' Parking Schemes. The main problems which give rise to circumstances, whereby the free access to garages is impeded, results from limited road widths, parking problems in the street, large vehicles accessing the said garage, visibility restrictions and turning movement restrictions. As outlined above, the premises marked as garage are to be used for such purpose as outlined by law and are also to be covered by a Planning Permit. Premises which hold a Planning Permit to be used as a ‘store’ or any annotation other than ‘garage’ do not qualify under the implementation of this policy. Also, in certain circumstances, the Trading License Permit might also be required.

Guidelines for the Preparation of Road Safety Audits, Road Safety Impact Assessments and Road Safety Inspections

Directive 2008/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on Road Infrastructure Safety Management, has the objective to ensure that safety is integrated in all phases of planning, design and operation of road infrastructure in the Trans-European Road Network (TEN-T). In line with this Directive, Transport Malta has published guidelines on the "Preparation of Road Safety Audits, Road Safety Impact Assessments and Road Safety Inspections".

For the full guidelines for the Preparation of Road Safety Audits, Road Safety Impact Assessments and Road Safety Inspections, please click here (pdf, 2011, 5Mb)

Transport Malta also publishes high frequency Collision Investigations on the TEN-T roads and details of the road safety ranking can be found here.

Traffic Counts

Transport Malta has a range of traffic data from various locations around the islands, including:

  • Traffic volume counts
  • Junction surveys
  • Vehicle classification surveys

The data is mostly from 8 to 10 years ago and very limited 'current' data is available.

Further details or queries can be addressed to:

Traffic Management and Road Safety Department
Malta Transport Centre
Xatt l-Ghassara ta' l-Gheneb
Marsa, MRS 1917
Malta