Changes in CVA lead to a heavy increase of vehicles in Valletta

The changes which took place in the system of controlling the vehicles which enter Valletta, known as CVA, is leading to a substantial increase in the number of cars which enter the city on a daily basis. Statistics obtained by Television Malta, show that an average of around 11,000 vehicles enter Valletta every day, with a significant increase on Saturday afternoons, after the tariff for cars to enter the capital were removed.

The statistics provided by Transport Malta indicate that between 1 December 2015 and the end of November 2016, there were 4 million cars which entered Valletta and which stayed inside the capital for a period of time which varies between minutes and hours.

The manager of Transport Malta, Vince Micallef Pule, said that there was a substantial increase from 2013 of 6.7% more cars which entered the capital. He explained that this is probably a result of the fact that the times which vehicles may enter Valletta for free were extended.

“The number of vehicles has increased – the average time which a car spends parked in Valletta has also decreased and therefore we can also say that the objectives and aims behind these measure are being met,” said Mr Micallef Pule.

He said that from these statistics, it is clear that the initiative has been successful because the changes are reflected int he number of vehicles entering Valletta on Saturdays.

“This was the whole strategy of which the CVA formed a part – the objectives of the CVA were not changed but were adjusted so that over the years we could ensure that the objectives would be met, but also primarily that accessibility to the capital would be increased.  We also wanted to reduce the congestion in  order to improve air quality,” said Mr Pule.

He said that the holistic strategy which promotes access to Valletta also includes the system of park and ride, the Barrakka lift, the electric mini cabs and the ferry service at Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour.

However, he pointed out that the parking problem in Valletta remains a serious one, because a third of the parking spaces, around 2,000, are reserved for residents.