During a meeting with the Hon Minister Dr Ian Borg, the Importers, Distributors and Retailers Executive Board of the Malta Chamber clarified the situation arising from the extension of the penalty points system on all drivers in Malta as of late last year.
Minister Borg explained that the points system was totally separated from the contravention system currently in place.
Infringements which also carried points deduction, are linked to the driver of the vehicle at the time of the contravention.
This means that the officer noting the contravention has to stop the vehicle in order to ascertain the identity of the driver where the offence also carried a points deduction.
The only case where points can be deducted without the vehicle being stopped by an enforcement officer is in the case of over-speeding detected by speed cameras. In this case one can petition LESA to contend any case of incorrect points deduction.
In the case of companies, these have the facility to register on the LESA website the names of the drivers using particular company vehicles. Where this is not possible because vehicles are used by a number of drivers, then the company would need to contact LESA to identify the driver driving the vehicle at the time of the contravention.
The Malta Chamber clarified that it was not in favour of any preferential treatment to delivery vehicles, as it was in the drivers’ interest to lead by example and contribute to safer roads in Malta.
The delegation was made up of Chris Vassallo Cesareo together with Charles Zahra, Charles Borg Andrew Mamo, Kevin J Borg (Director General) and Anton Spiteri (Head Sectors).