The carriage of goods by road using trucks with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500kgs - HGVs - within the European Union is organised in two main categories:
The carriage of goods on own-account does not require any special permissions or licences, and is therefore not regulated.
Road hauliers must employ or engage a Transport Manager to effectively and continuously manage the transport operations, in line with Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No. 1071/2009.
In their transport operations, Maltese road hauliers may use their own HGVs, or HGVs leased from third parties. Leased HGVs may be registered in any European Member State, as long as the conditions stipulated in Directive 2006/1/EC are complied with.
Hauliers employing non-EU nationals as drivers for HGVs used for transport operations within the EU shall apply for driver attestations for each such driver, in accordance with Regulation (EU) No. 1072/2009.
Drivers of HGVs often travel long distances across Europe to pick-up or deliver their goods. Long driving hours can cause driver fatigue, which in turn increases the risk of accidents which could have serious impacts on the health of the drivers and other road users. Therefore, driving and rest times for drivers of HGVs need to be measured and limited as stipulated in Regulation (EU) 561/2006 using the equipment stipulated in Regulation (EU) 165/2014.
All these regulations and directives are implemented or transposed in Malta by means of the Motor Vehicles (Carriage of Goods by Road) Regulations - S.L.65.19
The regulations stipulate that road haulage services may be offerred only if the transporter holds an operator licence for this purpose. Operator licences issued by Transport Malta are organised in 2 categories, as follows:
Any undertaking wishing to start offerring road haulage services may apply for a road haulage operator licence using form RHOL-A1. Applications may be submitted by sole-traders, companies, partnerships or any other legal-entity entitled to carry out commercial activity.
The issue of Road Haulage Operator Licences is subject to the requirements listed in the table below:
|Good Conduct||Applies to:
|Financial Standing||Undertaking shall have at its disposal capital and reserves totalling at least:
|Professional Competence||Undertakings shall engage the services of a Transport Manager who shall effectively and continuously manage the transport operations. Transport Managers shall hold a Certificate of Professional Competence for National or International Operations.|
Undertakings satisfying these requirements may apply, operate, manage and renew a Road Haulage Operator Licence through the application forms and fees listed below:
|Process||Application Form||Fee & Validity|
|Application for new licence||RHOL-A1||120
Valid for 5 years.
|Adding vehicles under licence||RHOL-Z2||25 each for first 5 vehicles.
Free for additional vehicles.
Valid for 5 years.
An administrative charge of 6 applies for each transaction. Each form includes a list of supporting documents which need to be submitted along with the application in order for it to be accepted.
Road Haulage operators are required to engage the services of a Transport Manager to effectively and continuously manage their transport operators. The role of Transport Manager may be held by anyone within the undertaking who holds a Certificate of Professional Competence for Transport Managers issued by Transport Malta or the equivalent entity of any other Member State.This certification is issued in the following 2 categories:
Individual Transport Managers may be engaged by a maximum of 4 different road haulage operators and may manage up to a maximum of 50 HGVs across all operators. Transport Managers shall satisfy the requirement of good conduct at all times.
To obtain the Certificate of Professional Competence for Transport Managers, applicants shall:
Transport Malta issues Certificates of Professional Competence to all successful applicants. This certificate is recognised across the Union, and does not expire. An administrative fee of 8 applies for each Certificate issued.
Maltese hauliers may choose to conduct their international transport operations using:
The use of HGVs hired from other Member States is allowed in line with Article 4 of Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road. The requirements stipulated in Article 2 of this Directive shall apply, as follows:
Proof of compliance with these requirements shall be provided by the following documents, which must be on board the vehicle:
When a haulier wishes to add a hired vehicle under the respective operator licence, the form RHOL-Z2 shall be submitted accompanied by the contract of hire of the added vehicle or vehicles.
Road hauliers may employ drivers who are third-country nationals (i.e. not EU Citizens or long-term residents) as long as the hauliers hold a driver attestation issued by Transport Malta for each such driver.
Driver attestations may be issued only for persons holding a Residence Permit issued by Identity Malta on behalf of the haulier employing them.
Haulier may apply for attestations for their driver by submitting form RHOL-Z3 along with the suppporting documents listed therein. Driver attestations expire along with the residence permit. A fee of 6 applies for each driver attestation.
Drivers of HGVs are required to respect a set of limitations with regards to their driving and rest times, as stipulated in Articles 6, 7 and 8 of Regulation (EU) 561/2006. These are summarised below for information purpose only:
The driving and rest times shall be measured through the use of tachographs as stipulated in Regulation (EU) 165/2014. The use of tachographs is not compulsory for transport operations conducted in Malta given the small distances involved. However, any truck operated by Maltese undertakings - whether for own-account or for hire or reward - which is involved in international transport must have this equipment installed, and drivers are required to use it correctly. The absence of the tachograph, or its misuse, during international transport operations may result in significant legal penalties for the drivers and undertakings involved.
The use of digital tachographs requires undertakings and drivers to hold different smart cards used to operate the equipment. To apply for such cards, or for their renewal, use these forms: DRV035 - Tachograph Driver Card, and DRV-036 - Tachograph Company Card.
Application forms, or any related communication, may be submitted with Transport Malta using any of the following methods:
By hand at Transport Maltas offices, from Monday to Friday between 07:30 and 14:00, at:
By phone on:
By email via:
This Data Protection Privacy Notice shall apply to all personal data related to these licences.