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Driving in Malta: Guide To All The Driving Rules You Need To Know

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Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, and driving here is not as easy as you might think. The article gives information on what drivers should know about driving in Malta.

Driving in Malta

Driving rules you need to know if you’re planning on driving in Malta.

Most people drive on the left side of the road, and cars usually have number plates on the right-hand side. If you’re coming from Italy, note that Malta uses the metric system, so distances are measured in kilometres instead of miles!

Malta has a population of just over 442,620 people, so that traffic can be quite congested during rush hour. It’s always a good idea to plan your route ahead of time and avoid going out at peak times.

Driving in Malta
Driving in Malta

Here are some other important things to remember when driving in Malta:

• Drive defensively – always use your full concentration when behind the wheel, and keep an eye on your surroundings.

• Respect other Maltese drivers – be patient and courteous when travelling through traffic, and refrain from tailgating or cutting off others.

• Obey all road signs – these will tell you everything from how fast you can drive to where you should stop for a red light.

Rules of the Road

When driving in Malta, you must follow the road rules the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport set out. These rules are designed to ensure a safe and orderly road traffic environment, covering everything from when you can drive to how to drive on the left-hand side. Here is a guide to all the malta driving rules you need to know in Malta:

  • 1. You must obey the signs and signals on the roads.
  • 2. You must not drive faster than 60km/h (37mph).
  • 3. You must use your headlights at night, even if it is light outside.
  • 4. You must always wear a seatbelt when driving in malta.
  • 5. You must stop at stop signs and red lights, even if there is no traffic waiting ahead of you.
  • 6. Must Obey the Traffic warden’s guidelines (dark green uniforms)
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Car Rentals

If You’re Living in Malta as an expat, one of the things you’ll want to do is rent a car. Driving in Malta is a breeze thanks to the country’s well-maintained roads and drivers who take care when driving. Here are some tips on renting a car in Malta:

When you arrive in Malta, head to the rental desk at the airport or port. Several companies operate in Malta.

People can easily identify Rental cars because they are marked with a letter K and Z and A for Uber. Other companies often put their company emblem on the car itself. People can tell from the number plate which company that is.

Left hand side driving in malta
Left hand side driving in malta

The minimum age for renting a car in Malta is 18 years old, but many companies will allow younger Maltese drivers with an International Driver’s License (IDL) or a Passport to rent a car. If you’re under 25 years old, make sure you have your IDL or passport when renting the car.

When renting a car in Malta, have your driver’s license and passport with you when picking up the vehicle. The company will usually require these documents before issuing the keys to your vehicle. You’ll also need to fill out an insurance waiver form before picking up your car. This waiver will cover damage that may occur while the car is being driven by someone other than the driver named on the policy.

If you plan on driving during your stay in Malta, be aware of some important driving rules: Cars must have fully functioning headlights and taillights at all times; Motor.

Car Security

If you’re thinking of driving in Malta, be sure to read our driving guide first! Here we’ll cover everything from the legal limits on speed to the mandatory wearing of a seatbelt.

When it comes to car security, make sure to keep these tips in mind:

– ALWAYS use a secure locking system for your car, including the ignition and the doors.

– Park your car in well-lit areas; choose a public parking garage instead of leaving your car parked on the street.

– Avoid leaving valuables unsecured in your car; even a small bag containing your passport and money can be tempting for thieves.

Licensing And Vehicle Registration

Driving Licence
Driving Licence

To drive in Malta, you must obtain a valid license and motor insurance certificate. Licenses can be obtained from any Driver’s License Office or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). To register your vehicle with the DMV, you will need to provide proof of ownership (vehicle registration certificate), proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license.

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Registering A Vehicle – Required Documents

Find out what documents you need to register a vehicle with the DMV.

A certificate of insurance

Forms VEH 001 and VEH 002

Original COC (certificate of conformity issued from the manufacturer)

With Invoice, you can send invoices to your customers using the chassis or even engine numbers on your vehicles – they need to carry a digital wallet.

Notice of arrival with the registration number or chassis of the vehicle.

VAT tax form

If your car is coming from outside the EU, be prepared for a bit of a process. Upon arrival, customs may stamp your vehicle with VEH 004 (the number represents the country it came from).

Fees: Registration tax is calculated per car, an administration fee is charged, car plates are randomly issued or customized for a personal customer and VAT (18% on the cost of imported from CIF).

*The customer must decide upon the decision to offer individualized, individualized plates.

Although personalized plates aren’t possible through the Book Your Plate online facility, residents can still request their unique plates by walking into the Office.

Speed Limits & Driving On The Left Side Of The Road

speed limits
speed limits

The speed limit on highways in Malta is 100 km/h, while the speed limit on other roads is 60 km/h. When driving on the left side of the road, you must use the allocated lane closest to the curb or edge. You may not pass another vehicle inside unless it’s safe to do so.

Parking Rules In Malta

Malta has a few parking zones where cars can safely be left overnight, and in some areas, free public parking is available. However, it’s important to remember that parking in Malta can be expensive, and there may be restrictions on where you can leave your car.


In Malta, parking is on a first-come, first-served basis in all public areas. Green parking bays are marked with a sign indicating that they are reserved for cars with green license plates, and blue parking bays are available from 8:00 to 16:00 . If you spot a space that is not marked as reserved, you can park in it, but be aware that you may get fined if you get caught.

Public Transport

Public transport in Malta is excellent and affordable. There are buses, trams and ferries that run all around the island. The buses and trams have ticket machines which accept cash and credit cards. Ferries also have ticket machines but only accept euro coins as payment.

The cheapest way to get around is by using the bus or tram. A single trip on either will cost you €1.50 (Maltese currency). If you want to travel longer distances, you’ll need to buy a ticket for €3.00 (or €2.50 if you’re using public transport within Valletta).

If you’re travelling outside of Valletta, then you’ll need to purchase a bus or tram ticket at the bus or tram stop before boarding the bus or tram. You can also purchase a day pass which will allow unlimited travel for that day for €6.00 (or €5 if you’re using public transport within Valletta).

If parking is an issue, consider using one of the many car parks scattered throughout Malta. Normally, these car parks charge between €1-3 per hour depending on the time of day you park there.

Drunk Driving

Drunk Driving
Drunk Driving

Malta has a low rate of drunk driving accidents, but it is still important to be aware of the dangers. Here is a guide to all the driving rules you need to know if you’re planning on driving in Malta.

The legal limit for alcohol consumption while driving in Malta is 0.05%. However, this limit only applies if you are under 25. If you are 25 or over, the legal limit is zero grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood (0.05%).

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