2nd Press Conference EMW 2016

A press conference was held on the 20th of September in Dock 1 in Cospicua, to formally launch the projects and permanent measures that Local Councils were able to do after winning the previous editions of the European Mobility Week Local Councils Competitions. The Hon. Minister for Transport, Mr. Joe Mizzi, was present during the press conference and he invited the Mayors present to briefly describe their measures.

The Valletta Local Council implemented the VATIS Project which aims to engage travellers, particularly car drivers, to contribute and use information related to their car journeys to and from the City.  Through the use of monitoring equipment, wireless and mobile technology, the project will aim to develop a network of sensors collecting traffic information around the City, a software able to simulate and predict traffic patterns and a mobile app able to communicate information about traffic in and around Valletta and at the same time collect information from users (crowd-sourcing) to further improve the information service.

Paola and Cospicua Local Councils had won a grant to purchase an electric vehicle to be used as part of the Local Council’s services. The vehicles bought were displayed on site. 

her measure launched by the Cospicua Local Council was the deployment of electric cabs to use them to extend a pilot which offers electric cab taxi services to its residents.  The Council extended the service to the three surrounding cities of Birgu, Isla and Kalkara as well as improve connections from the ferry landing sites to the city centre. The Local Council of Saint Paul’s Bay launched the installation of charging infrastructure dedicated to electric bicycles and motorcycles, a well as information and awareness-raising with residents on the advantages of this mode of transport.

The winners of the 2016 Permanent Measure Competition were Qormi and Ghajnsielem Local Councils. Qormi Local Council will be implementing on-street parking availability sensors and information systems. Ghajnsielem Local Council deploy a flexible ‘on demand’ transport system for its residents. An electric van will be used to provide this service.

During the press conference, the Minister also mentioned various other activities and initiatives that both Transport Malta and Local Councils implemented during European Mobility Week, including the 3rd National Bicycle Ride, National Car Free Day activities on the 18th of September and World Car Free Day celebrated by promoting Car Pooling in the City​ on the 22nd of September.