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Buses of Malta (1/5)

Old AEC bus in Bugibba station.

All route buses in Malta are privately owned, in most cases by the drivers themselves. Routes, timetables and fares are coordinated Public Transport Association.
Buses have interesting variety of models from past 50 years. Especially the older ones have usually British chassis and locally build body, often gone through several rebuilts. As described in The Malta Buses:
"With so many baffling changes it is probably more correct to think of Malta's buses up to 1980 as a mechanical hybrid different manufacturers' ingeniously procured and fitted, the end result being a credit to local mechanics and a pride to their owner."

While there aren't many new models around, these veterans suit well on operations on the small island with narrow streets and traffic dictating the speed rather than power. Opening windows and missing doors are also fine on hot summer weather.

Title is the text in the bumper.

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