Malta achieved independence from Britain in 1964, becoming a republic in 1974. A member of the EU since 2004, Malta is now a successful tourist destination and financial centre.
Driving on the left hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the right hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of rentals cars is very good throughout Malta and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.
The speed limits in Malta are:
On roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 64 kilometres per hour, that's 40 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 40 kilometres per hour, or 23 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, this is the same as the limit in Britain.
Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Malta even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory.
Before you drive away check that your hire car has a warning triangle as these are compulsory in Malta.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Malta. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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