Taxis may be used to travel anywhere in Malta or Gozo and may be hired by using any of the following methods:
- By hailing in places where it is safe to stop;
- From designated taxi stands;
- By booking from taxi booths; or
- On a pre-booking basis by phone, emails, internet, etc
In Malta there are currently 250 licensed taxis that may be recognised from the taxi sign with black text fixed on the roof and black registration marks printed on the front doors. The colour of taxis is white although some may have adverts. These taxis may operate to and from any location in Malta, but cannot be driven on the island of Gozo.
The 50 taxis operating in Gozo can be recognised from the taxi sign with red text on the roof, and red registration marks printed on the front doors. These taxis can operate trips between any locality in Gozo and may only be driven in Malta if performing a trip to the Malta International Airport, or any hospital situated in Malta.
Taxis are required to be fitted with the following peripheral devices:
- Taximeter with facility to print fiscal receipts;
- Tracking Device;
- Emergency Button(s);
- 2-Way Communication System;
- In-vehicle CCTV System (not compulsary owners may choose to have this device installed in their taxi or not).
The installation process of these devices is ongoing. Detailed Technical Specification for these devices may be downloaded from here.
Taxi Drivers must have a Drivers Permit and Tag issued by Transport Malta.
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When a taxi is hired out from a location where there is no authorised taxi booth, the fare is calculated through the use of a taxi meter that calculates the fare based on the following structure:
- · Initial Fare: 3.50;
- · First 8km: 1.40 per km;
- · From 8km onwards: 1.00 per km;
- · Waiting charge when taxi is stationary or driving at a speed lower than 20km/h for at least 3 consecutive minutes: 4.20 per hour.
On the 25th December and on the 1st January of each year there is a flat additional charge of 7.00 for every trip. These fares are the maximum that may be charged for a taxi trip. The taxi driver may give customers discounts on the above fares.
Taxis may also be hired out from a taxi booth, where the customer pays a fixed fare at the booth itself and is provided with a receipt. Taxi booths are located at the Malta International Airport, the Cruise Port Terminal and at Paceville.
Click here for the regulations.
The link for the regulations is: http://justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lom&itemid=11404&l=1