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Tolls, tips and driving advice

Touring tips

Drinking and driving: If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.08 per cent or more, severe penalties include fine or imprisonment. The Maltese authorities may also take your license from you. 

Driving license: The minimum age at which an Irish license holder may drive a temporarily imported car and / or motorcycle is 18. 

Fines: On-the-spot fines are not given, but if any motoring or parking offence is committed, for which a fine is payable, this must be settled prior to departure. 

Fuel: Unleaded petrol 95 octane and diesel are available but not LPG. A small amount of petrol in a can is permitted however it is forbidden aboard ferries. Credit cards are generally not accepted at filling stations; check with your card issuer for usage in Malta before travel. 

Lights: Spot lights are prohibited. Lights should be switched on whilst travelling through tunnels. 

Motorcycles: Wearing of crash helmets is compulsory for both driver and passenger. 

Motor Insurance: Third-party motor insurance is compulsory, green cards are accepted. 

Passengers/Children in cars: Children under 3 years of age cannot travel as front or rear seat passengers unless using a suitable restraint system.

Children between 3 and 10 or under 1.5m in height travelling in front or rear seats must use a restraint system as appropriate or an adult seat belt if a restraint system is unavailable. 

Seat belts: It is compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear seat belts. 

Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are: 50km/h in built-up areas and 80 km/h outside built-up areas.

Compulsory equipment

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Other rules/requirements in Malta:

Warning triangles are recommended. The rules of the road stipulate that motorist must drive on the left and overtake on the right.

The use of the horn is prohibited in inhabited areas between 2300hrs & 0600hrs. 

Parking in Valetta is extremely limited and there is a charge to enter the city.

There is a park and ride system located on the outskirts of the city offering a free shuttle to the centre.

This information should be read in conjunction with general advice for motoring in Europe.

Toll Prices

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