Traf­fic po­lice and lo­cal war­dens join forces for Mon­day’s back-to-school traf­fic chaos

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Trans­port Min­is­ter Joe Mizzi called a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day to an­nounce what mea­sures the gov­ern­ment will be tak­ing in prepa­ra­tion for Mon­day as the school sea­son restarts.

Af­ter men­tion­ing a long list of mea­sures which this gov­ern­ment has al­ready im­ple­mented to re­duce prob­lems re­lated to traf­fic, Mr Mizzi said that for Mon­day, the gov­ern­ment’s plan is to have more peo­ple man­ag­ing traf­fic in key ar­eas in a co­or­di­nated ef­fort be­tween Trans­port Malta, the Malta Po­lice Force and LESA.

He said that LESA would be help­ing out by pro­vid­ing 50 work­ers to help the po­lice force with traf­fic man­age­ment. The min­is­ter re­peat­edly re­minded jour­nal­ists present that “the traf­fic prob­lem has been per­sist­ing for a lot of years.”

“The cir­cum­stances are what they are. We are work­ing hard to tackle the is­sue but the prob­lem of traf­fic will never be solved,” the min­is­ter said apolo­get­i­cally.

Quot­ing statis­tics, the min­is­ter said that more than 40 mil­lion pas­sen­gers made use of the pub­lic trans­port in 2015. There was a 20% in­crease in pas­sen­gers us­ing the Tallinja Card.

As for Mon­day, the min­is­ter said that the traf­fic is ex­pected to move slower than usual, even on the Coast Road. Mr Mizzi said that those who want to be at their place of work or school on time, should start their jour­ney ear­lier. He en­cour­aged those who can car pool to do so.

Asked about the in­creased pres­ence of the po­lice and traf­fic war­dens, the min­is­ter said that the main aim to have war­dens is for the traf­fic to flow eas­ily, not to pun­ish those who break the law.

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