After twelve years in operation, the Transport Authority will be divided into three independent authorities which will be responsible for aviation, the maritime sector and land transport. The Government has set up a working group led by Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Azzopardi to focus on the necessary changes from a legislative, administrative and industrial point of view.
The three transport sectors: the maritime sector; aviation and ground transport will no longer be under the authority of Transport Malta but will be set up by authorities which are independent of each other.
The Transport Authority was established 12 years ago as the main authority for the regulation of land, sea and air transport, while up until 4 years ago it was also responsible for the construction of new roads before it passed into the hands of Infrastructure Malta.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Joe Caruana said that a working group had been launched with the aim of making the necessary changes for the three authorities to operate under a coordinated governance structure.
“It will be evaluating operations, legislation, as well as human resources to see how these entities become more independent and at the same time operate together to respond to today’s and tomorrow’s needs.”
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg said that these changes will be an opportunity for workers to advance in their respective field.
“I also want to reassure all the staff of Transport Malta, in fact I think this is an opportunity for them to progress and advance also in the specific sectors and therefore the focus will be in the three respective authorities.”
The working group appointed to carry out these changes will be chaired by Chief Justice Emeritus Joseph Azzopardi, and the members who will be involved in this task are Robert Musumeci, Roberto Cristiano and Karl Laferla.