‘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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Fire safety legislation too fragmented

Only framework part of occupational health and safety Insurers are concerned the lack of comprehensive legislation on fire safety could prove problematic in the case of a major disaster. They claim they are often stuck in limbo when attempting to pinpoint responsibility. Raising the alarm following last month’s Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, which left […]

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Mobile phones cause one in four traffic injuries

Campaign launched to stop drivers using phone at the wheel As many as one in four road traffic injuries are due to drivers using mobile phones at the wheel, health minister Chris Fearne said today while announcing a new awareness campaign. The 89.7 Bay ‘Put it Away’ campaign will target drivers with video and radio […]

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Malta crashes to bottom of EU road death table

Fatalities doubled in 2016 – the highest increase in Europe Malta registered the largest increase in road deaths in 2016, with fatalities doubling over the previous year, according to a new European report. The island was also one of the only two countries to register a higher number of road deaths when compared to 2010, […]

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