MTS calls for updated regulations on cabbies and traditional ‘Dghajjes’
The Malta Tourism Society said it firmly believes that there is scope and potential for horse drawn cabs and the Dghajsa to become useful tools in the value chain of tourism products and services in Malta. “These could offer the essential Unique Selling Points which these islands need. The Society feels that it will be necessary to regularise these two traditional forms of transport.”
The MTS said it is also important that “any legislative updates include the setting up of a representative body or association that can ensure both the welfare and management of the present and future operators of karozzini and Dghajsa as well as the adherence to an agreed code of conduct and ethics.” In a press statement, the society also called for the authorities to financially support people working in these forms of transport as the income of cab drivers and dghajsa owners is not regular, and any financial aid would help keep tariffs low and controlled.
“We also need to ensure an effective and efficient service to maintain and repair the cabs and boats and the government needs to consider offering grants or funding for apprenticeship in this specialised craft,” the MTS spokesperson said. “Perhaps it would be a good idea to include a museum dedicated to these two forms of transport.”