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Are Schools The Cause Of Traffic In Malta?

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Rejoice; lengthy discussions sparked by posts on The Salott are back, and this time, it’s about one of Malta’s most controversial subjects; traffic.

The whole thing started when one user pointed out how during this week of Easter break, traffic seemed to have decreased in certain areas. “The students are on holiday,” the post commented. “So the problem is the time that schools start. Why are schools, hospital appointments, court times and a lot of shops’ opening hours all around the same time?!”

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And while the post got a lot of traction and over 100 likes, not everyone was on the same page. “It’s true that children are on holidays,” said one comment, “but a lot of parents probably also took it off to enjoy some quality time with their children.” The comment also went on to point out that not all schools start at the same time.

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“When I’d be going to work, 90% of the cars on the road would only have one person in them,” a comment said, highlighting the need for carpooling or, at the very least, a reduced amount of cars on our roads. “This small country needs more bikes than cars.”

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One of the most common sentiments looked instead at the other options available, pointing out that the prices for school transport leave much to be desired. 

“The only solution I see is a super-efficient public transport system,” another comment stated. “But it seems like this dream needs to be put on hold, because we’re not even halfway there when it comes to efficiency, let alone super-efficiency!”

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What do you think about the situation on Maltese roads?

Photos by Darrin Zammit Lupi

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