Light Passenger Transport (less than 10 seats)

The following are the requirements and licensing conditions for persons who intend to become licensed operators of light passenger transport vehicles, which are chauffeur-driven passenger carrying vehicles having not more than eight seats, besides that of the driver):

Public Service Garage Licence conditions:

  • Operators should be of good conduct;
  • A person managing the commercial premises must be identified;
  • A register containing the following information should be kept at the operating centre:
  • Date and time of all hired out vehicles,
  • Name, address, licence number, passaport/ID Card number of person/s hiring the vehicle,
  • Name, licence number and tag number of driver/chauffeur when vehicles are used as chauffeur driven vehicles.
  • The garage is to be exclusively used for storage of vehicles and no repairs may be carried out on the pavement or roadway;
  • The vehicles should at no time be parked outside the garage and no mechanical work, panel beating, or spray-painting can be carried out in the premises;
  • A provision should be made for the proper disposal of trade waste, particularly oils;
  • The operator should not wash the vehicles outside the premises and no water is allowed to find its way into a public road;
  • Fuel should not be stored in the garage;
  • The vehicles which may be hired out should be listed on the Public Service Garage licence;
  • All vehicles must be maintained in good working order, free of any faults and VRT approved;
  • The garage premises to be used for the operation of light passenger transport vehicles must measure at least 24 square meters; while the garage premises to be used for self-drive vehicles should measure at least 48 square meters.

Application Process

To apply for a Public Service Garage Licence, the operator is required to submit the original application form to the Driver and Passenger Operator Licensing Unit - A3 Towers, Triq l-Arkata, Paola PLA 1212. The following documents are required to be submitted together with the application form:

  • MEPA permit for the premises to be used as a Public Service Garage;
  • A recent Police Conduct Certificate of the applicant;
  • VAT certificate;
  • A detailed plan of the garage, which should be certified and stamped by an architect showing measurements in square meters;
  • A commercial rent value (for each year) declared by an architect;
  • Certificate confirming the installation of fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in the garage, issued by the installer;
  • An administration fee of €20.

Annual Licence Fees:

Table A below details the annual licence fees payable to Transport Malta to keep a public service garage, which are calculated on the rental value of the licensed premises at the rate mentioned in Column 1, and subject to a minimum fee mentioned in Column 2.

Column 1 Column 2
Locality A, 8% €582,34
Locality B, 7% €465,87
Locality C, 6% €244,58
Locality D, 5% €116,47


Locality A comprises: Valletta Republic Street between City Gate and St. Christopher Street,
Merchants Street between Victory Square and St. Christopher Street.
Buġibba and Qawra This locality includes the area surrounded by Toni Bajada Street. (both sides); Mosta Road betweenToni Bajada Street and Salini Coast Road up to Pioneers Corps Road; Pioneers Corps Road; Qawra Road (inclusive of side streets found in the area up to and including Buġibba Road till it meets with Toni Bajada Street near to and including the Gillieru Restaurant).
Paceville i.e the area known as Paceville surrounded by and including Spinola Road (both sides); that part of St. George’s Road between Spinola Road and St. George’s Bay (both sides);
St. George’s Bay and the road leading from that bay towards the Regional
Road (both sides and side streets thereat); Dragonara Road.
St. Julians Spinola Square; St. George’s Road up to Spinola Road (including any side streets in the area).


Locality B comprises:- Valletta St.Paul’s Street between Castille Place and St. Christopher Street; Old Bakery Street between Ordnance Street and St. Christopher Street; St. Zachary Street; Strait Street between Ordinance Street and St. Nicholas Street;Victory Square; Old Treasury Street; St. Frederick Street;
Ordinance Street; South Street; Melita Street; Carts Street; St. John’s Street between St. Ursula Street and West Street; St. Lucia’s Street between St. Ursula Street and West Street; Old Theatre Street between St. Ursula Street and Old Bakery Street; Felix Street; Archbishop Street between St. Ursula Street and Old Bakery Street.
Ħamrun St. Joseph High Road.
Mellieħa Gorg Borg Olivier Street; Main Street.
Sliema Bisazza Street; Bisazza Lane; The Strand; Tower Road; St. Anne Square;
Cathedral Street; High Street between Tower Road and Għar il-Lembi Street;
Manwel Dimech Street between The Strand and St Helen Street; Rudolph Street between Manwel Dimech Street and St. James Street;
St. Julians Ġorġ Borg Olivier Street
Victoria, Gozo Pjazza Indipendenza; Republic Street;
St. Sabina Square; St. George’s Square; St. Joseph Street; Market Street; Main Gate Street.
Marsalforn. Gozo  
Xlendi, Gozo  


Locality C comprises:- Birkirkara Valley Road; Mannarino Road; Fleur-de-Lys Road; Naxxar Road.
Birżebbuġa Pretty Bay; St. Edward Street between Pretty Bay and the Pier; Bonnici Street;
Birżebbuġa Square.
Cospicua Gavino Gulia Square; Paolino Vassallo Square; Bormla Wharf; St. Paul Church Area.
Floriana St. Anne Square; St. Anne Street; Pope John XXIII Square.
Guardamangia St.Luke’s Road /Triq il-Mimosa
Gzira - Msida The Strand; Testaferrata Street; Msida Sea Front.
Marsaskala Dun Tarcisio Agius Square; Marina Street; Salini Street;
Mifsud Bonnici Square.
Mdina Whole city.
Mosta Eucharistic Congress Road
Constitution Street; Main Street between Rotunda Square and Grech Mifsud Alley
Rabat Main Street; The Saqqajja;
Parish Square; L’ Isle Adam Square; St. Augustine Street; St. Paul’s Street; St. Joseph Street.

Locality D comprises:-
All other areas not included above.

The driver operating the service shall need to be in possession of a Driver Permit Tag. For more information please click here