Driving in Malta
Key road rules in Malta you need to know
When you are hiring a car abroad, it’s useful to be prepared for the different driving laws in the country you are travelling to as well as checking the documents you need to carry.
To help make your trip to as smooth as possible, we've put together some of the key road rules in Malta.
- These rules are to be used as a guide and are subject to change. Please check with your Avis representative if you have any questions.
- Your Avis representative can advise you on toll and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Malta location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.
Frequently asked questions
What side of the road do they drive on in Malta?
In Malta, they drive on the LEFT-HAND side of the road.
What are the driving requirements in Malta?
The legal driving age is 18. However, you must be at least 21 years old to hire a car.
Can I use my UK driving licence in Malta?
Yes. Blue Badges also valid in Malta.
Are there any rules on on-street parking I need to know in Malta?
Similarly to the UK, you can’t park on double yellow lines. Parking in main towns and cities is limited.
What are the laws on overtaking in Malta?
Overtaking is allowed if it’s safe to do so. Look out for pedestrians crossing between vehicles. Do not overtake when approaching a crossing, junction, bend, hill, dip or on a narrow road.
Can you turn left on a red light in Malta?
What are the rules on alcohol in Malta?
The BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) limit in Malta is 0.08%.
What are the rules on mobile phone use when driving in Malta?
It’s against the law to use a mobile phone while driving.
What are the rules on using headlights in the day in Malta?
It’s mandatory to have your headlights on throughout the day while driving.
Do the same road rules in place across the whole country?
What if I break down in Malta?
Position your vehicle off the road if it’s safe to do so. Place your warning triangle 50 meters behind the vehicle. In poor visibility keep your sidelights on. Please call your collection station for assistance.
Does Malta have toll roads?
There are no toll roads in Malta.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- Do not use horn in a built up area unless in danger
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 24 mph (40 km/h)
- Rural areas: 37 mph (60 km/h)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt
- Children under 3 or measuring less than 150cm must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental carThere is no compulsory equipment needed for your Avis hire car in Malta.
- Fire Department
- European Emergency Number