Minister Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis launch a free on demand transport service organised by the PietA� Local Council

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis visited the locality of PietA� where, together with representatives of the local council, they launched a free on demand transport service for the residents and workers of the locality.

This comes after the same council won the competition held by Transport Malta for permanent measures towards sustainable transport as part of European Mobility Week 2018. This council won first prize and therefore the sum of Euros 51,500 towards the implementation of this proposal.

It is very satisfactory for me to witness another local council implementing a permanent measure towards more sustainability in the transport sector, improved air quality in our localities, a more sustainable culture with regard to transport and, after all, towards the benefit of the community. I am also pleased to see that this council chose to use an electric van for the service, a step which not only continues to promote alternative means and collective transport, but also contributes to the improvement of air quality in this locality, said Minister Borg.

He explained how this service will incentivise the people of this locality to leave behind their private vehicle, a step which will help reduce the circulation of private vehicles from the heart of the village as well as from Maltese roads. Minister Borg also reminded those present of his recent visit to the locality of Cospicua where, after a similar initiative for the elderly, the local council saw a continuous increase in demand and therefore extended the service. He praised these local councils for aiming to improve the quality of life of their communities.

While explaining how the PietA� service would work, Minister Borg commended this local council for the hard work it puts into its locality. He made reference to the chapel opposite where the activity was held, which along with its surroundings were regenerated through funds from the Development Planning Fund.

Local councils are important for us to continue delivering more and more benefits to Maltese and Gozitan people. I am pleased to witness active local councils and I am satisfied that as a government we are helping local councils to implement such important projects. From my end, I once again encourage councils to come forward with projects that make a difference in the lives of people, while I encourage residents to make use of the services which local councils offer them. If we work together, it will benefit every citizen and resident in the country. Our aim is to always continue raising the standard of living of our communities, concluded the Minister Borg.

Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis congratulated the PietA� Local Council on the fact that in the coming days it will be offering a free transportation service to its residents. Parnis reiterated that this continues to show that today, local councils are increasingly offering services to their citizens and this means that they understand their roles as the authority which is closest to citizens.

The Parliamentary Secretary added that this service will also provide an environmental advantage and at the same time, it will continue increasing inclusion for the elderly and for persons with disability. Parnis concluded by stating that there is a need for more local councils to offer such services in their localities and that they can do so by taking part in campaigns such as the European Mobility Week.

For now, the service will be operating on a trial basis and will be fully available in April of this year. It will operate from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. During the first three hours of the morning, from 6:00 am to 9:00 am, the service will be used to transport users from their homes to their place of work or University and back home during the last three hours, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. During remaining hours, i.e. between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, the service will be offered on demand.

Those interested can call the PietA� Local Council on 99898022.

Source: Government of Malta