Driving in Malta is on the left. There is a speed limit of 80km/hr- 50mph on highways and 50kph in urban areas. Third party insurance is standard by law.
Foreign visitors driving their own cars or locally hired or rented cars do not require to have their licences endorsed. However, it is advisable to have your driving licence with you. Seat belts are compulsory. Children aged between nine months and four years must sit in the back by law, whilst babies under nine months must occupy a baby seat (available from care hire companies). Driving in Malta can be very stressful, before getting to know the road conditions, because road discipline by locals tends to be poor, and street lighting at night is limited. However, roads are not as good as they should be but nor are they the off-roading experience some make them out to be. A more recent concentrated effort to improve road safety awareness (including a number of speed cameras) and road infrastructure as well as hefty EU funding have helped to make driving in Malta a rather more pleasurable experience. It is also advisable to have a good road map since the road network of the islands is akin to a maze and the lack of a major motorway means that it is usually possible to get to your destination in more ways than one. For this reason, road signs or directions by locals can be rather confusing. Gozo has much less traffic and travelling around is less stressful.
Parking tickets are given to lawbreakers by local traffic wardens as well as district police so be very cautious where you park, and check road markings and nearby signposts. Petrol or gas service stations are open Monday to Saturday, 8am-6.30pm in summer, 8am-6pm in winter. When closed, machines are available for self-service.
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