The Malta Independent 3 February 2023, Friday
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Plans to address road deaths will be released by the ‘end of the year’ – Transport Ministry

Marc Galdes Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 08:48 Last update: about 3 months ago

The Transport Ministry has confirmed that it will be releasing a plan to address the increased number of road deaths by the “end of the year”.

Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia, over a month ago, had said that “in the coming days” he shall be releasing a plan to address this issue.

After waiting over a month The Malta Independent sent questions to the Transport Ministry to ask for an update on the plan.

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The Ministry replied that it “confirms a comprehensive plan will be announced by the end of the year. It will include a number of action points including new strategies and structural changes.”

The Ministry chose not to elaborate further as all the information will be revealed once the plan is released.

The current road safety strategy is set to expire in 2024.

Farrugia said that he has held meetings with the Road Safety Council, which is run by chairperson Pierre Vella, on a number of occasions to discuss a better strategy moving forward.

He also mentioned how, besides the upcoming strategy, the government is actively releasing road safety campaigns like the “don't drink and drive” or the “don't use your mobile” campaign.

This year there have been 25 road deaths, 3 of these have occurred after Farrugia initially spoke about a plan to address this over a month ago.

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