Photos: Parking on bus stops can result in a €105 fine – TM

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Transport Malta has warned that cars which are parked on bus stops can be fined €104.82.

After residents, particularly in Mosta, spoke with Newsbook.com.mt regarding the lack of action taken against those who illegally park on bus stops, especially at Triq il-Konstituzzjoni, Newsbook.com.mt contacted Transport Malta on this matter.

A spokesperson for Transport Malta stated that besides performing regular check-ups, officers also act on any reports which are sent to the Authority. He added that if vehicles are caught illegally parking on bus stops, the driver receives a fine, which ranges from €23.25 to €104.82.

The spokesperson explained that Transport Malta officers issued more than 3,400 fines in the first six months of this year, some of which were a result of cars which were either waiting or parked on bus stops.

Additionally, he said that Transport Malta also organises educational campaigns from time to time, hoping to ensure that people will start to be more aware of their actions when driving. He insisted that most drivers are not aware that stopping on a bus stop can cause a lot of traffic since large vehicles such as busses would either not manage to pass or overtake, or would need to stop in the middle of a road instead of in their allocated space. Additionally, this also puts bus users at risk since in these instances, pedestrians would need to walk to the middle of a road to catch or get off the bus.

Newsbook.com.mt also sent some questions to the Police, which responded by insisting that many police officers end up dealing with similar situations on a regular basis. The Police added that the fine depends on the severity of the offense.

Newsbook.com.mt contacted Mosta’s Local Council regarding the allegations being made by Mosta residents; however, the Local Council has not yet responded.

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