Fabian Demicoli

New Directive on Driving Licences

The rules and regulations pertaining to the whole process on driving and driving licences is a regulatory framework stipulated by the European Union and all Member States including Malta must transpose the Directives to local legislation.

 

Currently, all licensing aspects are regulated by Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations (Subsidiary Legislation 65.18), parts of which were transposed from Directive 91/439/EC. A new Directive 2006/126 was brought into effect by the Commission, replacing Directive 91/439, and as of the 19th January 2013, a number of new measures will come into force.

The essential elements of the new Directive relate to a common transport policy, reducing possibilities of driving licence card fraud, contributing to improving road safety, and facilitating the free movement of persons taking up residence in a Member State other than the one issuing the licence. The other main elements of the Directive include the following.

Harmonisation of categories, particularly those for mopeds and motorcycles

Improved progressive access to bus and truck categories by established minimum ages

Harmonised periodical medical checks and truck categories

GRTU has a list of changes under the new Directive. Kindly contact the GRTU for this information. Feedback should be received 18 March 2011.

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