Event Details

Consultation Session: Improving Road Safety

16 May 2017

A consultation meeting organised by MEUSAC, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure (MTI) and Transport Malta (TM), which tackled draft amendments to two EU transport directives, highlighted the need for coordination between transport sector stakeholders.

The session was on a ‘Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2003/59/EC on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers and Directive 2006/126/EC on driving licences’.

Stakeholders present gave their feedback on a number of concerns of theirs. But it emerged that a number of existing issues boiled down to the lack of coordination between stakeholders. The issue that certain drivers of passenger carrying vehicles or large goods vehicles who drive professionally, fail to show interest in the Driving CPC Training course, came up, among other issues. Course providers explained that some showed an interest in the content of the course while others either did not show any interest whatsoever or claimed that certain drivers alleged that certain bus service providers were not pushing their employees to attend the course.

However, it was highlighted by the authorities that the course is vital since it prepares drivers better for their own safety and that of others. Another issue was the importance that drivers of heavy vehicles ensure that before they hit the road, they conduct vehicle safety checks – a procedure that only takes a few minutes but that is vital – for instance checking the tyres of the vehicle beforehand for safety reasons.

Another stakeholder questioned whether it makes any sense that the speed limit for heavy vehicles should be the same for normal vehicles when heavy vehicles are carrying heavy loads, mainly referring to speed camera limits.

At the end of the session, it was agreed that coordination will be enhanced and all feedback taken on board.

The presentation tied to the proposed amendments to the directives was given by Ms Sylvana Bartolo, Deputy Chief Officer, Land and Transport Directorate, Transport Malta and Ms Lucienne Meilak, Director, Policy Development and Programme Implementation, Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure.

 

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