Nex­tBike in­stalling bi­cy­cle rails with­out Trans­port Malta per­mits

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

The bi­cy­cle rails that have been in­stalled in Sliema and St Ju­lian’s for a bike-shar­ing com­mer­cial en­ter­prise do not have the nec­es­sary per­mits and ap­proval from Trans­port Malta, TA Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Co­or­di­na­tor Stan­ley Agius told The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

Mr Agius also said that TM has re­quested that Nex­tBike dis­man­tle the in­stal­la­tion.

Speak­ing to The Malta In­de­pen­dent, Alan Camil­leri of Nex­tBike, said that the com­pany has been given the nec­es­sary per­mits and ap­proval from the lo­cal coun­cils of the area and the plan­ning author­ity.

Sliema Mayor An­thony Chir­cop con­firmed this. He told The Malta In­de­pen­dent that the lo­cal coun­cil had given a “no ob­jec­tion or­der” for the in­stal­la­tion of the rails.

Mr Chir­cop did ex­press con­cern that the rails have been po­si­tioned on a nar­row walk­way on the prom­e­nade near the Sliema Tower. How­ever, he said that po­si­tion­ing was all part of a “fine­tun­ing process.”

The mayor added that the con­struc­tion of these docks on public roads, such as the one found in Ru­dolph Street, falls un­der the reg­u­la­tion of TM.

How­ever, Mr Aguis clar­i­fied that any in­stal­la­tion on public land, be that roads or public spa­ces such as the Sliema prom­e­nade , re­quires per­mits from TM to func­tion, and that the power to ap­prove such con­struc­tion does not ex­tend to the lo­cal coun­cils.

The in­stal­la­tion of the bike rails has ac­tu­ally taken place be­fore the open­ing of a con­ces­sion to pro­vide bi­cy­cle shar­ing and ebike shar­ing ser­vices.

The con­ces­sion was orig­i­nally an­nounced last Septem­ber by Min­is­ter for Trans­port Joe Mizzi. It is not lim­ited to one op­er­a­tor and will pro­vide the bi­cy­cle shar­ing com­pa­nies with the nec­es­sary per­mits to op­er­ate their busi­ness suc­cess­fully and safely, Mr Agius said.

He also said that the con­ces­sion will also en­sure that any op­er­a­tor will ex­tend the ser­vice to a ma­jor­ity of lo­cal­i­ties around the is­land in or­der for it to be ben­e­fi­cial to the en­tire pop­u­la­tion in­stead of the few lo­cal­i­ties which would be com­mer­cially prof­itable.

The con­ces­sion will also func­tion as a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure since through the ap­pli­ca­tion of an op­er­at­ing li­cense TM would be able to en­sure that there isn’t an over­sat­u­ra­tion of dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tors so as to keep streets and public path­ways as clear as pos­si­ble.

The Plan­ning Author­ity has not replied to ques­tions sent by The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.