Transport Malta allowing irregular limos to remain on roads despite ongoing court case

Transport Malta has found itself amid a new controversy after it allowed a company to import and register three limousines from Lithuania against its own rules.

After almost two years of pressure from rival companies, citing foul play, Transport Malta has started court action against the importer. However, it still allows him to continue with his commercial operations until a final court decision has been reached.

This means that despite the possible illegalities, including fraud, the company can continue using the ‘irregular’ commercial cars and continue its business for years until the court case is finally over.

The ‘magic’ limos

In 2021, Qormi-based company Luxe Limos made three large limousines available for rent for parties, weddings and other special occasions.

The cars were put on the road after they ‘passed’ the necessary verifications by Transport Malta and were given proper registration and number plates.

However, rival companies in the same line of business immediately cried foul play as Maltese law states that such vehicles can only be registered if they are under seven years old.

Reports sent to Transport Malta in 2021 and seen by The Shift show that another importer was prevented from bringing the same three limos into Malta as he was told they were way over the seven-year limit. Other stakeholders in the sector could not understand how the same vehicles were then registered with a different importer just a couple of months later.

The Shift contacted the original importer, who said he could not understand why Transport Malta had agreed to register the vehicles for a different importer.

Another stakeholder in the same line of business told The Shift that Transport Malta was made aware of the issue two years ago. “They told me they were investigating; however, I’ve heard nothing yet, and the cars are still on the road, being hired for weddings and events,” they said, adding it amounted to “blatant abuse.”

The interior of one of the limos

TM silence

The Shift contacted Transport Malta’s CEO Jonathan Borg to ask if they had received information on possible fraud and falsification of documents regarding the limos and which official would be responsible, but he did not reply.

The Shift also contacted Simon Cassar, the owner of Luxe Limos. When asked who issued the registration of his vehicles, he did not reply, but he added, “What I can say is that I am in court with Transport Malta over the issue.”

Further questions on why Transport Malta is allowing Luxe Limos to continue operating the vehicles while the matter is in court were not answered by Borg by the time of publication.

Transport Malta has been involved in a number of controversies and claims of sleaze and corruption over the past few years, with legal action taken against several of its officials for irregularities and corruption.

However, whether an internal investigation into the limo situation has been initiated is unknown.

A few days ago, Prime Minister Robert Abela removed Aaron Farrugia from his position as transport minister and instead appointed Chris Bonnet.

                           

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Luike
Luike
1 month ago

these are the negative sides of an island without laws.. you have a friend in parliament, you can do whatever you want, don’t you have any friends? then get in line…

Aggie
Aggie
1 month ago

If they can’t follow their own rules,.why should anyone take them seriously?

Nenu
Nenu
1 month ago
Reply to  Aggie

Because they are backed by the full force of The State, morally deligitimising the authority of The State to legislate and regulate.

carlos
carlos
1 month ago

troll from the muvument korrott replacing a similar one. no hope for this mafia governed rock. After the scandals of the muvument korrott led by the most corrupt x pm Malta and now by his consultant,it would take years to recover from the messwe’re all in.

D. Borg
D. Borg
1 month ago

Considering that Transport Malta’s CEO Jonathan Borg remuneration is financed by taxpayers AND entrusted with a public office, he is duty bound to reply to Media requests in a thorough and timely manner. If he fails to do so, one would expect the Opposition to raise the same queries and sue him and the Minister who appointed him, if the questions are not appropriately answered.

John Borg
John Borg
1 month ago
Reply to  D. Borg

Opposition? Is there one?

Nenu
Nenu
1 month ago
Reply to  D. Borg

A public official funded by your taxoney being sued. That is a long shot, the only reason any publicly funded official would ever show any vocational commitment is when any of his/hers/its privileges and perks are in jeopardy.

Mick
Mick
1 month ago

Happy New Year, from Mafialand

Romeo Busuttil
Romeo Busuttil
1 month ago

Also, a few months ago a big hype was done about Y plates. TM officials went on a craze and rightfully started applying the law.
Now it seems that they let go again as one can see many Y plates parked outside on the roads during the night. This is also against the law which means that these operators who are leaving the cars parked outside are illegally taking business away from others who abide by the law, but as usual in this Mickey mouse country that is how we do things.

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