1,532 traffic casualties in 2021: up by 32.9% over 2020

1,532 traffic casualties in 2021: up by 32.9% over 2020
Mar 28 2023 Share

According to newly released data by the National Statistics Office, road traffic casualties increased by 32.9% to reach a total of 1,532 in 2021. 

Of these, 1,015 were drivers of whom 806 suffered slight or insignificant injuries. Meanwhile, 204 sustained grievous injuries. 

During this same period, 229 passengers, 109 pedestrians and 40 other persons (28 cyclists) suffered slight or insignificant injuries. 

51 passengers, 66 pedestrians and 18 other persons sustain grievous injuries. Injuries sustained by five male drivers and four pedestrians (one male and three females) proved unfortunately fatal. 

This sums up the total number of fatalities in 2021 to nine, three less than those recorded in 2020. On a monthly basis, July recorded the largest number of road traffic accidents (1,450), while May registered the largest number of road traffic casualties at 157. 

Meanwhile, the number of reported traffic accidents reached 14,135 during 2021. This is an increase of 2,185 accidents over the previous year, with increases in traffic accidents registered in all districts. 

The largest percentage increase was recoded in the Western district, with 25.0%

Meanwhile, the Northern Harbour district registered the highest number of road traffic accidents with 35.3%, or 4,985. 

Birkirkara registered the highest number of road traffic accidents with 993 cases. Ħal Qormi and Il-Mosta followed with 790 and 702 reported accidents respectively. The top 10 localities which registered the most road traffic accidents cumulatively accounted for 41.9 per cent of the total. 


Man stops Tallinja from driving by standing in front of bus

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Footage uploaded to TikTok by user @gianmarcomaniscal3 shows a man stopping a Tallinjja bus from driving forward. 

MaltaDaily reached out for a comment, and a spokesperson for the Public Transport service informed this newsroom that the man did not make it in time before the bus could leave.

The bus had reportedly already closed the doors and started to drive off, but the man decided to stop it for a few minutes. It is unclear if the man got on the bus later or not. 


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The man, whose identity is unknown due to him wearing a hoodie, stands and then proceeds to sit down on the road exactly in front of the bus.

Another bus in front of the blocked bus could also be seen parked, with the driver getting off the vehicle and taking a photo or video of the interaction. 


ADPD’s Mina Jack Tolu asks Children’s Commissioner to investigate Partit ABBA

ADPD's Mina Jack Tolu asks Children's Commissioner to investigate Partit ABBA
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Mina Jack Tolu, the ADPD International Secretary, has requested that the Commissioner for Children investigate Christian Conservative party ABBA and leader Ivan Grech Mintoff ‘for intimidation and harassment in a children’s space.’

‘In a separate letter I also called on the Children Rights Observatory Malta, publishers of the Children’s Manifesto last year, to rescind the signatures of Julie Zahra and Justin Schembri, as it is clear they have been working against points 46, 64, 65, and 80 in the same manifesto’ wrote Tolu. 

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Tolu stated that they were shocked to be welcomed by a security guard who was stationed at the entrance to the studio where the play was being shown. 

‘After the play and creative workshop I spoke to the team at Spazju Kreattiv, and asked them about the presence of security. They claimed it was necessary due to the presence at prior showings of members of Partit ABBA, who also recorded the play and workshop and asked questions to the children present’ Tolu revealed. 

Tolu said that Partit ABBA and its leader Grech Mintoff revealed on social media that they will be taking legal action against the play Gender Boss. 


Johnnie Walker walking towards sustainable future with beach clean-ups & zero cardboard

Johnnie Walker cardboard gift boxes to start being removed in waste reduction efforts
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International alcoholic beverage company Diageo has announced the start of a programme to phase out the use of 183 million cardboard gift boxes from its premium Scotch portfolio around the world.

The phased removal of cardboard gift boxes is an attempt to test consumer response, reduce waste and contribute to Diageo’s 10-year action plan, affecting brands such as Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky.

Every year, nearly five million tonnes of cardboard and paper is packaging waste in the UK alone, and despite its ability to be recycled, increased demand has led to cardboard shortages.

The company has expressed its commitment to becoming sustainable by design and has set the ambition to be zero-waste to landfill from its own operations and offices by 2030. Following the launch of the Johnnie Walker paper-based bottle, the world’s first 100% PET-free paper-based Pulp bottle which is due to retail in 2023, Diageo’s sustainable packaging strategy is developing packs for the future.

Plans include packaging based on biomimicry, designs modelled on biological entities and processes and the use of carbon capture in the bottle’s decorative designs.

The phased removal of cardboard gift boxes across the premium Scotch portfolio will allow consumer response to be assessed in countries all over the world. If successful, the programme will be expanded to more Diageo brands in 2023.

Ewan Andrew, Chief Sustainability Officer, Diageo, commented: “Waste caused by surplus packaging is placing an unnecessary burden on the planet. Paper and cardboard are highly sustainable forms of packaging but it is time to review what is actually needed to package a product, as opposed to packaging it that way for historical reasons. We believe that the liquid in our premium Scotch products is the gift. They do not always need cardboard gift boxes to enhance this.”

Additionally, the brand has extended its global CSR campaign towards local initiatives including Malta. Our beautiful island is known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. However, like many popular tourist destinations, our beaches often suffer from the effects of littering and pollution.

In response to this, Johnnie Walker in collaboration with local NGO ‘Zibel Malta’ will be organising 2 local beach clean ups in Malta.

The beach clean-up will be organised by a group of passionate volunteers who want to make a positive impact on our local community. The event is open to the public, and anyone who would like to contribute is welcome to join.

Make a positive impact in your community. By taking action and working together, we can make a difference and create a better world for future generations to come.

Join the clean-up by filling in this sign-up form or scanning the QR code below!