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Driving a Motor Vehicle in Malta

The Registration and Licensing of all Motor Vehicles in Malta is regulated by the Motor Vehicles Registration and Licensing Act (Cap. 368) and the Registration and Licensing of Motor vehicles, Subsidiary legislation 368.02.

In accordance with these regulations no person shall have in his possession or drive a motor vehicle which has not been registered and licensed with the Authority.

The below are some points which drivers must be aware of.

  • To drive a vehicle on the road the vehicle must have valid registration plates, be insured and roadworthy.
  • Vehicles are driven on the left side of the road.
  • A valid road licence must be displayed on the left hand side of the windscreen.
  • The minimum age of a driver to drive a vehicle is 18 years.
  • Seat belts are compulsory for all people traveling in the car.
  • If you are involved in a (bumper to bumper) accident, use the (bumper to bumper) form and for any other accidents, the local wardens are to be contacted on 21320202 to verify.
  • Parking in some of the main towns and cities can be limited especially in Valletta, so it is advisable to use the park and ride services. Moreover a fee applies to vehicles entering into the city of Valletta.

There are various park and ride sites which are subject to a fee. For further information please click HERE

Controlled Vehicular Access

The Controlled Vehicular Access (CVA)system in Valletta is a holistic strategy aimed at reducing private vehicular traffic in Valletta.

The CVA system makes use of dedicated cameras that are installed in various points in Valletta around the charging zones and which photographs vehicles entering and exiting the CVA boundary.

The CVA system then makes use of various technologies to identify the vehicle, calculates the time the vehicle remained inside the Valletta charging zones and finally computes the fee due for access and parking based on the tariffs regulated by TransportMalta (TM).

Car Parkers

There are various parking sites in Malta and Gozo managed by licensed car park attendants. These car park attendants wear a tag given by the authority and may legally retain any gratuity.

Registration Tax Rates

The Registration of all Motor Vehicles is regulated by the Motor Vehicles Registration and Licensing Act (Cap. 368).

For the policy on the registration and licensing of new vehicles, and the respective tax rates please follow this LINK


Last Updated:20/03/2024