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Mobility Measure

Smart parking management system for Valletta

A parking management policy shall be developed for the city of Valletta.

Implementing sustainable mobility

The measure includes the installation of sensors in off-street parking areas in the city of Valletta in order to manage the supply and demand of parking in the city.

This measure will develop a pilot for the implementation of smart parking systems using sensor and mobile technology in order to decrease pollution from reduced cruising (in search of parking spaces). It will also support the development of telematics systems for use on smart phones and other mobile devices.

Tourists will benefit from reduced pollution and congestion. This information service extends to both morning and evening travel patterns within the city - these change from commuting to leisure as the function of the city changes from an employment hub during the day to an entertainment centre in the evening.


The following are the objectives which the smart parking system for Valletta aims to achieve:

  1. Reduce congestion in the city of Valletta;
  2. Improve energy efficiency in transport;
  3. Improve travel awareness among road users; and,
  4.  Reduce journey times and therefore improve the air quality within Valletta.

How will this be achieved?

Valletta is a walled city with limited parking infrastructure. Access to the city by car is therefore limited by road pricing, extensive pedestrianisation and relatively few parking spaces.

Car drivers today access the city and cruise for a long time to try and find a space. This causes congestion, pollution and excessive waste of resources and time.

The smart parking system being developed as part of DESTINATIONS will provide real-time parking information and manage the supply of parking spaces in accordance with user demand. They include tourists visiting the city, which is one of Malta's main attractions.

How did the measure progress?

Following a number of meetings between Transport Malta, the Valletta Local Council and the most relevant stakeholders, the terms of reference for the procurement document were prepared in Month 16.

The call for tender for the parking system has been published by the Local Council and the received bids will be evaluated next. The document stipulates a twelve-week period from the signing of the contract for the equipment to be installed and functioning.

Around 60 sensors are planned to be installed as well as a number of cameras in order to test and pilot different technologies and assess which is the most appropriate for future upscale in Valletta.

Data collection will be done prior to the launch and throughout the project to gauge users' awareness of and satisfaction with the service. This data will also be integrated into the SUMP.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

With real-time parking information available to drivers as they approach Valletta, unnecessary cruising in search of a parking spot will be practically eliminated. Such cruising at low speeds was the source of pollution and congestion within the historical city.

With the system in operation, drivers will have the opportunity to avoid going into Valletta when parking is not available, but rather park outside the city. This practice will further encourage intermodality.

Basic Information

MAL 6.4
December 2016

Thematic Areas