Everything you need to know about driving in Malta
So you have decided to hire a car in Malta and now aim to explore every nook and cranny on this wonderful island as you please.
Once you’ve planned your route of exploration and head out on to the road, make sure you follow these rules and tips to ensure you do not end up on the wrong side of the law while behind the wheel in Malta:
A few of the rules aren’t that different from the UK
Let’s begin with something that you may find a little surprising when you first take to the open road in Malta – the roads are quite similar to those you encounter when driving across the UK.
Unlike the majority of countries across Europe, traffic travels on the left hand side of the road, while you are required to give way to vehicles to your right.
Motorway signs are exactly the same as those you have become accustomed to in the UK too, so you shouldn’t find yourself puzzled trying to work out what a certain symbol means.
The drink-drive law is stricter though…
One of the areas where the driving laws differs between Malta and the UK is in relation to stepping behind the wheel after having an alcoholic drink.
In fact, the island’s drink-drive limit is strictly set at just 35mg of alcohol in the blood. Furthermore, if you are caught behind the wheel while under the influence, police in Malta have the power to immediately confiscate your driver’s licence.
….as is the minimum age for driving
Knowing when it is legal to drive in Malta is a bit more complex than just thinking that you can get behind the wheel as soon as you turn 17 – as in the UK.
For starters, you must in fact be 18 before you are able to begin learning to drive a car on this island. However, if you want to hire a car in Malta, rental companies will state that you prove identification that you are over 23 years old.
How about parking in Malta
Knowing where and when to park in Malta may also sound familiar to British drivers at first – you cannot park on double yellow lines and face the prospect of your vehicle being clamped or towed away if you fail to abide to this law.
However, it is important that you also make note of the ‘Time Parking Zones’ that are dotted around the island.
These types of bays grant you the opportunity to park your car but for no longer than one hour at a time – stay longer and you will be dealt the same punishment as if you had decided to park on double yellow lines.
Enjoy your travels across Malta!
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