For driving in Malta, National driver licenses and International driving permits are accepted.
Holders of valid driving permits issued by any European Union member state can drive in Malta without the need to obtain additional permits. They are can exchange their driving permits for a Maltese driving license they have taken residence in Malta for at least 185 days.
Visitors from non-European Union countries can drive in Malta with their valid driving permits for up to one year.
The general road traffic rules:
- Traffic moves on the left side.
- The minimum age for driving is 18.
- The minimum age of renting a car is 21 years. Drivers under 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.
- The speed limit in built up areas is 50 km/h (31 mph), outside built up areas 80 km/h (49 mph).
- Maximum legal blood-alcohol level is 0.08%. If the blood alcohol level more than 1.0 ‰, driver will be deprived of his right to drive for not less than six months.
- Dipped headlights are required when drive in tunnels.
- Children under 3 years can travel only in special children seats. In case of absence special children seats, it is allowed to use standard seat belts for children from 3 to 10 years of age.
- Drivers and all passengers from front and rear seats must wear seat belts.
- While driving, it is not permitted to use cell phones without hands-free systems.
- School buses and public transport have right of way when they are leaving a public stop.
- Vehicles must stop to let passengers on and off buses.
- It is not permitted to use of horns in residential areas from 23:00 (11 p.m.) and 06:00 (6 a.m.).
- It is not permitted to park at places marked double yellow lines.
- Spot lights are prohibited.
- Third party insurance is required by law.
- Buses always have priority.
- The police phone number is 191.
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Driving Overseas - Short Information
- On Malta, the payment for using highways isn't provided.
- In 2007 in Valletta, the Controlled Vehicular Access (CVA) was introduced for the purpose of decrease of the duration of the parking time and traffic reduction in the city. The CVA system automatically reads out a car registration plate for monitoring the car entrance and departure from controllable zones. Then the system automatically calculates times, which the car remained in a zone, and payment for parking.
- Penalties shouldn't be paid on a place. Only a parking fine can be paid at a place.
- It is recommended to have a warning triangle in the car.
- In Malta, taxis, minibuses, buses, and public transport vehicles have letter “Y” on their car plates.
- Radar traps are often used on the roads.
- Green cards are accepted.