Penalties and Drink Driving

Find out about penalties for driving offences and understand the laws concerning blood alcohol levels in Malta…

Driving Offences

A Maltese driving licence allows up to 11 penalty points. The licence is rescinded after 12 points have been accumulated. Penalty points are accrued for a variety of driving offences. The number of points accrued depends on the severity of the driving offence. For example, there are three penalty points for failing to stop at traffic lights. Failing to stop after an accident can lead to up to 10 penalty points.

New drivers are given a probationary licence after passing their driving test, valid for three years. If no points, or fewer than 12 points are accumulated during the three years, a full ten year licence is issued on renewal.

Drink Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is a serious offence in Malta. The blood alcohol concentration limit in Malta stands at 0.8 mg of alcohol per ml of blood, 107 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of urine, or 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The Maltese Government have proposed a national alcohol policy which will see the limit reduced to 0.5g, and 0.2g for drivers who have held their licence for less than two years, motorcyclists and drivers of large vehicles, while a zero alcohol limit will be set for bus, taxi and minibus drivers.

The police have the authority to stop and breathalyse people they suspect of being over the legal limit. If the initial test is positive a second test must be taken at police headquarters.

Drivers over the drink drive limit may have their license rescinded for 6 to 12 months, receive up to 11 penalty points on their driving licence, be fined from €1,200 to €2329, or even face imprisonment from three to six months (15H. (I) Chapter 65. Traffic Regulation Ordinance)

It is an offence to drive under the influence of drugs or reaction-altering medicine.