A traffic education campaign compiled by the

Community and Media Relations Unit (CMRU)

Police General Headquarters.

A Tale of Two Cities

Traffic regulations for Valletta and Mdina

Besides the traffic regulations generally enforced, Valletta and Mdina have been specifically highlighted for further traffic enforcement due to their urban status.


Our capital city is not just any place that has a high concentration of historical buildings and sites, but it is has been described by UNESCO as a single historical monument, a gem that has earned a highly-merited World Heritage Site designation.

New regulations have been introduced since the coming into force of the park and ride scheme for Valletta.

Not all streets are open to traffic. Republic Street and Merchants Street are closed to traffic all day except between 6.00 a.m. and 7.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. for commercial vehicles to load and unload merchandise.

Taxis and cabbies have their own designated areas where to stand. These are allocated with a purpose, which means that infringing signs would be creating unneccessary perils for other drivers and pedestrians.


Anyone approaching Mdina Gate would immediately note a ‘No Horn Blowing’ sign infront of the entrance, visibly enforcing the Silent City’s age-old tradition.

Due to its historic importance and narrow winding streets, access to the old capital is restricted by the Mdina (Restriction of Access and Transit of Vehicles) Regulations 1988. These regulations prohibit access to vehicles, other than cabbies within the city at any time, in any street or square. The following exceptions are made:

These categories of vehicles have access at all time. Other exceptions include:

The Commissioner of Police can grant permission of entry and circulation within Mdina for a specific purpose according to a list of conditions. Such temporary permit has to be made in writing and displayed within the vehicle in such a way that it can be read from outside at all time while the vehicle is within Mdina.

In the case of our two capital cities, compliance with the law not only does it mean safety for drivers and pedestrians, but it is also entails respecting our cultural heritage.

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