Malta Road Safety Conference 2022

How can we reach Vision Zero?

12th November 2022 – Verdala Palace Siġġiewi

Under the distinguished patronage of HE Dr George Vella President of Malta

Conference Programme





Dr Ray Gatt
Doctors for Road Safety


Opening of the Conference

His Excellency Dr George Vella
President of Malta


A Safe Systems journey to Vision Zero

Mr Jonathon Passmore
WHO Regional Office for Europe
Road Safety, Violence & Injury Prevention Programme Manager


Road Safety under an NGO’s lens

Dr Gordon Caruana Dingli
Doctors for Road Safety


Vision Zero: Myth or Reality

Mr Pierre Vella
Malta Road Safety Council
Executive Chairperson


Coffee Break


The road to Vision Zero using enforcement technology

Mr Trevor Hall
Road Safety Support – UK
Managing Director and International Advisor on Road Safety


Law Enforcement: the weakest link?

Dr Antoine Casha
Ex-Deputy Police Commissioner (Malta)
Senior Visiting Lecturer in Criminal Law – University of Malta


The Big Small: simple nudges that make big differences

Dr Gordon Sammut
University of Malta
Associate Professor in Social Psychology


Questions & Panel Discussion

Participation by all stakeholders present

Final contribution by

Hon Dr Aaron Farrugia Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects


Close of Conference

Dr Ray Gatt
President Doctors for Road Safety


Stand up Reception for Speakers and Conference Delegates

Speaker Biographies

Speakers (in order of conference presentations)

Jonathon Passmore

European Regional Advisor – Road Safety – WHO

Jonathon is an Australian public health road safety and injury prevention specialist with the World Health Organization (WHO). Over the last 18 years, Jonathon has been based in a range of country and regional postings including China, Viet Nam, the Philippines as well as the Western Pacific and European Regional Offices.

Prior to joining WHO, Jonathon worked for the Government of the Australian State of Victoria in the Department of Human Services and the Transport Accident Commission.

Jonathon is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety.

Gordon Caruana Dingli

Vice-President – Doctors for Road Safety

Gordon Caruana Dingli qualified MD from the University of Malta in 1984 and he then trained in surgery in Malta, Italy and the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was president of the Association of Surgeons of Malta, of the Medical Association of Malta and of the Commonwealth Medical Association. He represented Malta on the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists).

He is currently a Consultant General and Breast Surgeon, Head of the Agatha Breast Unit and Clinical Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mater Dei Hospital, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta.

He is an enthusiast of space travel and recently published a book “We went to the Moon”.

He is a founder member of Doctors for Road Safety and has been its Vice-President since the NGO was established in 2017.

Pierre P. Vella

Chairperson Road Safety Council

Pierre P. Vella is the current Executive Chairperson of the Malta Road Safety Council, he has been occupying this post since June 2018. Advocating towards road safety took off in February 2011 during  a visit by to Malta by Mr Jean Todt, former President of the FIA and current UN Special Envoy for Road Safety. Mr Todt was instrumental in convincing Mr Vella to take up the challenge. Pierre at the time had excellent contact with the local media and commenced a crusade towards addressing the issue of road safety.

It was February 2015 when Pierre was approached by the local authorities to set up the Malta Road Safety Council where he managed to bring together local professionals who are best in the field of road safety. He strived to create the necessary exposure both locally and abroad. Currently the Malta Road Safety Council is part of the EU DG MOVE Road Safety Experts Group, national relay for the European Road Safety Charter, FIA participation on mobility and sustainability, and is actively involved with the European Transport Safety Council. He also addressed the need to bring everyone, not just within the council but also on a national level, to work together towards road safety.

Trevor Hall

Managing Director & International Advisor – Road Safety Support UK

Trevor Hall is one of the world’s leading experts in the development and operation of roads policing enforcement technology. He is well-known on the international stage and has organised, managed and addressed many international road safety conferences in the USA, Australia, India, Germany, Dubai and the Netherlands.

During the 1990s, Trevor became an Advisor to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) Traffic Enforcement Technology Committee. He was subsequently involved in establishing one of the UK’s first safety camera partnerships in 1999. In 2004 he became responsible for managing the ACPO/UK Government Home Office Roads Policing Enforcement Technology Committee and in 2006, for coordinating the UK’s safer roads partnerships on behalf of ACPO.

In 2007 following his retirement from the police, Trevor was the founder and became Managing Director of Road Safety Support (RSS). This not-for-profit company provides a range of services to safer roads partnerships, the police and highway authorities. RSS is also a recognised Police training centre, which has the ability to deliver international road safety and Police formal qualifications. It is also an ISO 17025 International Scientific Test Laboratory for measurement of speed accuracy and carries out all the independent testing of enforcement technologies for the Police in the UK and on behalf of the Government.

In 2008 he created and leads Road Safety Support International (RSSI) to provide British enforcement and road safety expertise overseas. In 2017 RSSI was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise based on the Road Safety worked that was done in many Countries. Trevor was presented with the award at Buckingham Palace. Through RSSI Trevor has been involved in developing road safety projects and supporting partners in over 26 Countries, in 6 of the 7 continents across the world.

He is currently engaged by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on an enforcement based, road safety project sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). The project is based in Buenos Aeries, Argentina and Bogotá, Colombia. He is also simultaneously working on a project commissioned by the Swiss Government to work on the Ghana Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project. The project seeks to improve mobility, reduce congestion, and develop enforcement to challenge poor driver behaviour and illegal parking.
Trevor is currently a full voting member of the IACP Highway Safety Committee in the US.

Antoine Casha

BA; LLD – Senior Visiting Lecturer – Department of Criminal Law University of Malta

Dr. Casha is a retired Police Deputy Commissioner; he has served the Malta Police Force for 35 years in various police Districts and specialised branches such as the Police Legal Office, Criminal Investigations Department, and also served a period of time in charge of the Police Traffic Branch.

From 2003 to 2009 Dr. Casha was appointed Police Technical Attaché at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union and followed various dossiers regarding police and criminal justice.

In 2001, Dr. Casha graduated as a lawyer and is currently a senior visiting lecture in the Department of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta. He is also a lecturer at the Academy for Disciplined Forces in Criminal Law and Procedure.

Gordon Sammut

PhD – Associate Professor – Department of Criminology – University of Malta

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Gordon Sammut PhD is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Malta and Visiting Fellow at the Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics & Political Science.
He is currently Director of the Centre for the Study and Practice of Conflict Resolution at the University of Malta. His research interests are concerned with human practices and human relations, particularly with regards to the negotiation of meaning, social influence, and the evolution of common sense.

He has worked on various national and European projects and is currently working group leader for a Horizon Europe funded project dealing with extremism and its mitigation through democratic practices (OppAttune). His works have been published in various international journals. He is former editor of Papers on Social Representations, published by ISCTE, Lisbon, and former Associate Editor of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, published by the APA.

He served as chief editor for Understanding the Self & Others: Explorations in Intersubjectivity and Interobjectivity (Routledge, 2013), The Cambridge Handbook of Social Representations (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and Methods of Psychological Intervention (Information Age, 2016).

His latest book, The Psychology of Social Influence: Modes and modalities of shifting common sense (with M.W. Bauer, 2020) is published by Cambridge University Press.