Free public transport proposal garners support

Malta Developers Association for better co-ordination when works force road closure

A proposal for the provision of free public transport services during peak hours has garnered more support. The Malta Developers Association are amongst those who voiced their agreement with providing free public transport during 6am and 9am and between 3.30am and 6pm.

Finance Minister Edward Scicluna yesterday said it was time for the government to study the option; Transport Malta CEO James Piscopo told MaltaToday that the regulator was looking into the option.

Following a meeting with Transport Minister Joe Mizzi on the traffic troubles being experienced, the developers said they agreed with the proposal.

They however voiced their disagreement with restrictions in the times when contractors’ vehicles can be operated.

“This means that they will have to suffer disproportionately because of the problem,” the MDA said.

The association called for better co-ordination and planning when ongoing works force road closures. “Roads are being closed without giving motorists alternative routes,” they said.

MDA suggested that park and ride services should be extended to other localities while attempts should be made to increase motorcycle lanes.

It went on to call for educational campaigns targeting drivers.