Mir­a­cles and the Sliema park­ing scheme

Malta Independent - - LETTERS -

Ref­er­ence is made to the ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Ju­di­cial protest against theTrans­port Min­is­ter, Prime Min­is­ter, Trans­port Malta over Sliema park­ing scheme”. Orig­i­nally we were in­formed that the de­ci­sion by the Gov­ern­ment to is­sue a legal no­tice to re­peal the res­i­den­tial park­ing scheme in Sliema was un­til such time as a new park­ing scheme pol­icy is is­sued.

I have been writ­ing to Trans­port Malta (TM) to en­quire about a par­tic­u­lar res­i­den­tial park­ing in an­other lo­cal­ity since 21 Novem­ber, 2014. So far, the in­for­ma­tion I have re­ceived from Trans­port Malta leaves much to be de­sired. I am still in the same po­si­tion that I was al­most two years ago. This is the in­for­ma­tion I re­ceived fol­low­ing var­i­ous en­quiries and re­minders.

On 6 May 2015, al­most six months af­ter my orig­i­nal en­quiry of 21 Novem­ber 2014, Trans­port Malta in­formed me that “at the mo­ment the Author­ity is re­vis­ing the Park­ing Pol­icy. Sub­se­quently all park­ing schemes will con­form to the pro­vi­sions of the new pol­icy”.

On July 20, 2015, TM in­formed me that “the car park­ing pol­icy is be­ing dis­cussed at in­ter-min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee”. Af­ter fur­ther en­quiries, on March 25, 2016, TM ad­vised me that “it is in the fi­nal stages”.

How long should one wait for the trans­port watch­dog’s so­called “fi­nal stages” to be over? I hate be­ing taken for a free ride (the pun is in­ten­tional) not­with­stand­ing the fact that it is com­ing from Trans­port Malta so I de­cided not to fol­low my en­quiry, pend­ing for al­most two years, any fur­ther.

We have re­cently had a Min­is­ter say­ing that “mir­a­cles are not per­formed”. I do not think I was ask­ing for a mir­a­cle. Ap­par­ently, ef­fi­ciency is only a per­cep­tion for Trans­port Malta.

Al­fred Man­gion Kap­para

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