Advice for driving in Malta
29 February 2020
Tips, Checklist & Legal Requirements
If you are looking to drive in Malta then you you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents.
- · Valid driving licence
- · Proof of identification (passport)
- · Insurance documents (third part or above)
- · Proof of ownership (registration certificate)
If you do not own the vehicle you are driving, you are advised to obtain written permission from the registered owner.
In 2012 there were 9 road deaths in Malta. This equates to 2.2 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2012.
Seat belts are required for all passengers, whether in the front or back seat of the vehicle. Children under 3 years old must use an appropiate child restraint. Children 3 to 12 are allowed to use adult seat belts if there are no child restraints available.
It is compulsory in Malta to carry the following safety equipment within any vehicle with more than 2 wheels:
- · A Warning triangle
- · Reflective Jacket
- · Headlamp converters
Standard speed limits (km/h) unless otherwise stated by traffic signs:
Urban roads (31 mph).
Non-urban roads (50 mph).
Towing (and Vans)
Urban roads (25 mph).
Non-urban roads (37 mph).
There are no motorways in Malta.
Malta has stricter drink driving laws than many other countries. The legal limit is 0.35 milligrams of alcohol per millimitre of blood, being 0.8 in the UK.
On motorcycle, both driver and passenger must wear a helmet.
There is no LPG available on the Island.
General Driving Advice
So to recap here is our checklist for driving in Malta:
- Ensure you have proper documentation: valid driving licence, ID, driving insurance covering driving in Malta, proof of ownership (registration certification).
- Ensure rear passengers are wearing seat belts and remember children 12 and under must use a child restraint if available.
- Ensure your car is equipped with the following safety equipment: A Warning triangle, Reflective Jacket and Headlamp converters.
- Check fuel compatibility as some fuels may not be compatible with your vehicle.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Observe local speed limits – as a general rule built up areas have limits of 50 km/h (31 mph), outside built up areas are 80 km/h (50mph).
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Reference: The statistics mentioned on this page were sourced from the International Transport Forum’s Road Safety Annual Report 2013 and, to the best of Eurobreakdown.com’s knowledge, are correct at the time of publication (June 2014).
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