TM ‘traffic perception’ officer bypassed internal call to be made chief

On loan from Infrastructure Malta

 

Audrey Testaferrata De Noto, a former Transport Malta official who made headlines in 2014 when she called Malta’s chronic traffic issues “just a perception”, was recently handpicked for a senior role at the same agency, bypassing an internal application process.

After being transferred from Transport Malta to Infrastructure Malta in 2018, The Shift recently reported that De Noto, who has rebranded herself as ‘Perit Audrey’, has now been made chief of the newly set up Roads Accident Bureau, which falls under the remit of her previous employer.

Nationalist Party MP Ivan Castillo asked Minister Aaron Farrugia in parliament how De Noto ended up in a new, senior position at Transport Malta despite being quietly removed several years ago.

The minister replied that hers was a direct appointment without a call “due to her capabilities”, thus avoiding formal application processes.

In parliament, Farrugia said Transport Malta engaged in talks with Infrastructure Malta, where De Noto was working, to loan her to the transport regulator, as her capabilities were required there.

An internal vacancy was issued for all those interested in heading the new bureau. However, while the application process was still ongoing, it was suddenly aborted, and those who applied were not even called for an interview.

The Shift asked the CEO of Transport Malta, Jonathan Borg, to explain what happened, but he did not answer.

The recently established Roads Accident Bureau, already delayed in starting its work, is tasked with improving road safety and preventing accident black spots.

With more than 50 cars a day added to Malta’s restricted road network, traffic congestion and road accidents are increasing. In 2022, according to the last available NSO data, Malta registered 26 fatal road accidents, an increase of 189% from 2021.

                           

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Anne R. key
Anne R. key
2 months ago

“due to her capabilities”, thus avoiding formal application processes.
This is typical for all PL lackies. Their capabilities are “incompetent morons”

Stefan Micallef
Stefan Micallef
2 months ago

With 50 cars added per day on the road network everywhere will be gridlock and we might find that we are all driving at20 km/hr so the most dangerous accident occurring would be a bumper to bumper incident. Do we need such an agency other to give a plush job to another PL lackey?

Marija
Marija
2 months ago

Qas misthija m’ghandhom. Hadd ma jrid jahdem maghha din il-persuna imma peress li ma telghetx mal-partit laburista fl-ahhar elezzjoni u bdiet tgerger kontra l-Gvern, tawha post imlahhaq biex jaghlqulha halqha b’mod demokratiku.

Mark Debono
Mark Debono
2 months ago

A direct order to the trough

Ray Gatt
Ray Gatt
2 months ago

What if her capabilities are just a perception like our traffic jammed roads? Corruption at it’s worst. Vote Lejber, get Lejber nepotism!

Alfred
Alfred
2 months ago

Well she did solve the traffic problem ,no?. At least in her imagination.

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