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Formentera expands bus service

Today the Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera introduced expanded service on bus lines L1, L2 and L3 and initiated service on lines L5 and L7. The Fair Bus (Bus Fira) will offer bus service when the La Mola market starts next Wednesday, 3 May.

Residents and visitors alike ride for free, except on lines L3 and L6, which access Ses Illetes Park. The Consell de Formentera contributes €625,000 to subsidise bus tickets.

28 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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Summer 2023 accreditation to drive on Formentera now available on formentera.eco

The Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that the formentera.eco website was activated yesterday, Monday 27 February, regulating vehicles that are brought and driven on the island from 1 June to 30 September.

Said Rafael González, mobility councillor, "Requesting authorisation is simple, the service works like a booking website." Visitors must pay a fee to drive on the island during the regulatory dates. The rate in 2023 will be: €6/day for passenger cars (€30 minimum) and €3/day for motorcycles (€15 minimum).

Pending definitive approval of the updated rate, motorists will continue to pay the rate from 2022, namely, €3/day for cars (€15 minimum) and €1.50/day for motorcycles (€7.50 minimum). The updated 2023 rate, initially approved at the January plenary assembly, is now in a period of public consultation. Definitive approval and entry in force of the new rate is expected in April, and thereafter motorists must pay that rate.

Cap on vehicles
This summer will mark the fifth year of formentera.eco. As set out at the start of the legislature, the ceiling on vehicles will be reduced 16% compared to the pre-regulatory period. The total number of passenger cars and motorcycles for visitor and rental vehicles will be capped at 10,458.

Councillor González gave a positive assessment of the four years of regulation. During that time, traffic has fallen 8.5% from the historical maximum and, from 2021 to 2022, the average length of tourist stays went from 3.5 days to 5.4 and the portion of single-day visits fell from 40% to 27% of all requests. In addition, cycling and taxi use has increased and public transport ridership has returned to pre-pandemic levels. Hence, the councillor concluded that "we have laid the foundations for the path forward and must continue working to reduce the number of cars on our roads."

28 February 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Access barriers at Plaça d'Europa underground car park in Es Pujols to be reactivated Monday 20 Feb.

The Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that the access barriers of the car park under Plaça d'Europa in Es Pujols will be reactivated from Monday 20 February.

The barriers were left open last summer following a serious incident at the access control and payment machines. Due to the lack of supplies, the incident could not be resolved until today. Once resolved, the parking lot will resume normal operations on Monday 20 February. A second payment machine will be installed this year to avoid a recurrence of the incident.

Car park users will have to stop by the office to purchase or renew subscriptions. Users who had subscriptions at the time of the incident have the option of requesting a new subscription for the period of time they were unable to use the service or a refund of the money for the days for which the service was not provided as agreed. Some of the regular users have already requested one of the two options.

The office is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 2.00pm. From 20 to 24 February, it will also open afternoons from 4.00pm to 6.00pm to handle the expected increase in requests.

15 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Second call for taxi drivers now under way

foto 2023ii taxisThe Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce open registration for the second round of tests in 2023 to obtain the local chauffeurs' permit. The exam will take place on 3 March 2023. Interested parties can sign up in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online on the OVAC.

Information about prerequisites and areas that will be covered in the exam are available here.

Candidates must speak the two official languages, Catalan and Spanish, as well as two foreign languages, English and German, Italian or French. They must also answer questions about the municipality of Formentera and rules on urban and intercity passenger transport service in light vehicles.

Rafael González, mobility councillor, voiced his hope that the two rounds of exams would once again produce enough passing drivers to cover the 49 positions available. Under the Action Plan for Public Passenger Transport by Vehicle, in summer 2022 and 2023, taxi service will be provided by 25 drivers with ordinary licenses and 24 with seasonal licenses. The island's government and association of chauffeurs voted to expand the number of local cabs by 29% from summer 2021, when there were 25 ordinary and 13 seasonal licences. In Councillor González's words, the increase is designed to "improve the public service by tailoring supply to fit our current needs."

1 February 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera starts automatic renewal of blue zone parking permits

foto 2023i zona blava AThe Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera has started automatically renewing authorisations to park in Formentera's metred blue and green parking zones. Until now, renewals were done annually at the request of interested parties, but from this January, the Consell de Formentera will automatically renew authorisations provided motorists:

- are residents of Formentera.
- own the vehicle in question.
- pay the vehicle tax on Formentera.

Rafael González, mobility councillor, said the measure was designed to spare drivers paperwork and the inconvenience of an expired authorisation and having to wait to be authorised again. If any of the three requirements are not met or any document is missing, "the Consell will notify the interested party so they can address the issue in advance and avoid losing their authorisation", he added.

A total of 164 authorisations expired this January, 135 (82%) of which were automatically renewed. Another eight (5%) were rejected because the individuals in question are no longer residents and 21 (13%) did not meet one of the other requirements. The Consell has contacted individuals whose automatic renewal could not be processed. Questions? Send an email to mobilitat@conselldeformentera.cat or call 971321087 and ask for the Office of Mobility.

Finally, Councillor González stressed that residents can park for free in both blue and green zones. Metred parking was launched in 2015 in La Savina in response to the parking problems that existed in that town. "After seeing how well it worked, we expanded the regulated parking scheme to other towns where there were complaints about lack of parking", said the councillor. Metred parking is currently in place in La Savina, Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and, in summer, Es Pujols.

31 January 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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