Horrific Double-Decker Tragedy Blamed On Transport Malta In Judicial Protest

Company argues Transport Malta should have performed regular road safety audits

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City Sightseeing Malta Ltd has blamed the fatal tragedy which took place last April in Żurrieq on Transport Malta, in a judicial protest.

A 62-year-old Belgian man and a 37-year old Spanish woman died when the double-decker bus they were on hit the branches of an overhanging tree. Fifty other passengers were injured during the accident.

The firm blames Transport Malta and held it responsible for the damages. During a judicial protest filed in the Civil Court, the firm claimed that Transport Malta failed its obligation under EU and Maltese laws to keep the public safe.

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The lawyer representing City Sightseeing, Alessia Zammit McKeon listed a number of laws and guidelines issued by Transport Malta and EU road safety organisations which were not observed by the transport regulator.

It was argued that Transport Malta was obligated to perform regular road audits every three to five years and act on any transgressions. The firm argued that Transport Malta was obliged to appoint a surveillance authority aimed at observing the public’s safety.

The firm’s lawyer argued that City Sightseeing Malta has suffered irreparable damages and a loss of reputation due to the accident and is holding Transport Malta responsible for the consequences.

It is unknown whether or not the magisterial inquiry has been concluded and what the findings were.

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Chiara Micallef