Driving penalty system stalls

No implementation date set The extension of the point system to penalise reckless drivers has stalled, this newspaper has learnt, with no implementation date set a year after the measure was announced by the government. According to industry sources, the government planned to have the system up and running by July of this year but […]

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QUO VADIS QVR?

This country never ceases to amaze.  What is happening with the Quality Vehicle repair scheme is a case in point.  The initiative was and still is open to all motor insurers in Malta but to date the four major players on the market, namely Mapfre Middlesea, GasanMamo Insurance, Elmo Insurance and Atlas Insurance, are the ones who have […]

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‘Involve us more’

Catherine Calleja, newly-elected president of the Malta Insurance Association, tells Anthony Manduca that the industry would like closer collaboration with the government on a number of issues. Two major pieces of legislation affecting the insurance industry come into force next year and insurance companies are still awaiting feedback on their proposals as well as guidelines from the […]

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Patience, respect, road safety

The third weekend of August brought with it more tragic news – the loss of another precious life. Another family, relatives and friends mourning the sad loss of a life cut short unnecessarily. This can only be another sign that we really need to act fast to stop road fatalities from becoming simply a statistic. […]

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“Harshest” sanctions urged for drivers using mobile phones

€100 fine still not enough of a deterrent Motorists using mobile phones while driving should face tougher sanctions, says Malta Insurance Association head Adrian Galea, insisting that enforcement be steeped up. “A strong deterrent is needed to curb the increased use of mobile phones while driving,” Mr Galea, the association’s director general, said. He was […]

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Maltese road indiscipline is growing and causing more deaths

Impatience and indiscipline on Malta’s roads is leading to more deaths: ‘People need to start listening,’ experts plead ……Adrian Galea – president of the Malta Insurance Association and member of the Malta Road Safety Council – argued that whilst, on average, Maltese drivers are good drivers, yet behaviour on the road could be erratic, or […]

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Drink-driving limits set to be slashed by almost half

The current limit of 0.8g per litre of blood will be reduced to 0.5g Drink-driving alcohol limits are set to become tighter once a proposal to slash the maximum by almost half comes into force, the Times of Malta has learnt. Transport Minister Ian Borg is set to forge ahead with the plan to lower […]

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New drink-driving campaign targets sea vessel drivers

Transport Malta has embarked upon another anti-drink-driving public awareness campaign, this time with a special focus on drivers of sea vessels Transport Malta has deployed Rubber Inflatable Boats to the sea to hand out breathalyzers to drivers of boats, jet skis and other seacraft. “Sea transport operations are no longer the luxury of a few […]

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