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Mobility Measure

Keeping highly polluting vehicles off the road

Low Emission Zones shall be tested to assess the feasibility and potential effectiveness of the concept within the local context. 

Implementing sustainable mobility

An app will be developed allowing the public to report high-polluting vehicles. The new fully-automated system will call these reported vehicles in for testing. They will then either be ordered to undergo maintenance or scrapped depending on the state of the vehicle. The new system will replace the current reporting system, which is manual and inefficient.


The following are the objectives which the app curbing high polluting vehicles from the road aims to achieve:

  1. Improve the quality of life of residents and visitors;
  2. Reduce transport related emissions;
  3. Encourage sustainable transport behaviour;
  4. Involve the public in curbing high-emission vehicles; and,
  5. Reduce high-polluting vehicles from the road and encourage a modal shift towards public transport;

How will this be achieved?

The new app, developed by the University of Malta, will replace the current system that sees highly polluting vehicles reported to the regulating authority by SMS. These messages are then filtered and once three reports have been received on the same vehicle, its owner is ordered to bring it in for testing.

The inefficiency of this system has led to the public losing trust in it. By redesigning the system and reducing the manual input, efficiency should increase. Once this is apparent, it is expected that the public will again engage with the app and its efforts to reduce pollution on the roads.

How did the measure progress?

The developer embarked on a stakeholder consultation with the various directorates within Transport Malta. This served as a gap-analysis where the needs of the new app were identified. The outcome of these one-to-one meetings will form the specifications for the app.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

This action will strive to encourage sustainable transport behaviour and contribute towards the reduction of highly polluting vehicles within the region. This will benefit both residents of and the tourists visiting the region.

Basic Information

MAL 6.2
December 2016

Thematic Areas