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Formentera.eco regulation takes effect

The Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera reports that the 2023 enforcement period of Formentera.eco regulations begins today. Between 1 June and 30 September, motor vehicles driven on Formentera must receive specific clearance, which can be obtained at www.formentera.eco.

On this first day of regulation, a total of 17,049 vehicles have been cleared.

Breakdown of figures
Visitor cars: 566 (maximum: 1,880)
Visitor motorcycles: 27 (maximum: 190)
Eivissa resident cars: 60 (maximum: 220)
Eivissa resident motorcycles: 5 (maximum: 20)
Rental cars: 1,900 (maximum: 2,268)
Rental motorcycles: 5,081 (maximum: 5,880)
Resident vehicles: 9,111 (no maximum)
Other vehicles: 299 (no maximum)
Total: 17,049
(Updated at 11.00am, 1 June 2023)

When enforcement began on 15 June last year, a total of 18,340 vehicles had an associated authorisation.

As of 1 June, 26,000 applications have been processed. Today, clearances are still available every day of the regulatory period, 1 June to 30 September.

Legislative aim
In 2023 the number of motor vehicles that can be brought to the island and driven and parked on public roads is capped at 10,458. This ceiling affects rental vehicles and visitors––the focus of Formentera.eco regulations. Under the scheme, there are 16% fewer vehicles on local roads than at the beginning of the legislature––precisely the target agreed four years ago by the Consell d'Entitats.

Reservations and clearance
Visitors who wish to clear their vehicle to be driven on Formentera can do so easily on www.formentera.eco. This year's Formentera.eco fees are double those of 2022: €6/day (passenger cars; €30 minimum) and €3/day (motorcycles; €15). The enforcement period has also been extended by one month and now includes all of June, July, August and September, whereas in 2022 it ran 15 June to 15 September. These changes were agreed at the Consell d'Entitats.

Residents pay nothing to receive clearance, but must still request it on the website. However, vehicles belonging to motorists with a currently valid authorisation to park in blue zone spaces and residents who pay the local road tax are cleared automatically. To verify this has been done correctly, drivers should visit www.formentera.eco. In a particular section of the site, just by entering a vehicle plate number, individuals can find out if their vehicle has been cleared or if the associated clearance has yet to be processed.

Hybrid vehicles and e-vehicles are eligible for 50% and 100% discounts, respectively, and residents of Eivissa, Mallorca and Menorca, pay nothing for authorisation.

Ferry companies that transport vehicles are informing customers of the regulation at ticket offices and on their websites during the ticket purchasing process. This will ensure that all the people who come to Formentera with their vehicle are duly informed of the regulatory scheme. Informative posters and videos have been distributed as well.

In these first days, the Consell will prioritise informing individuals about the scheme. It has also prepared an information campaign encouraging residents and seasonal workers to obtain clearance for their vehicles. As part of the push, attendants will check number plates of vehicles parked on Formentera roads and leave leaflets signalling whether vehicles have been cleared or not.

The law provides for fines of at least €1,000 driving a vehicle without clearance.

1 June 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera cab fares climb 6.3%

foto 2023v taxiThe Ministry of Mobility of the Balearic Government has approved a 6.3% rise in cab fares on Formentera. Last April, at the request of the Formentera Taxi Association and backed by an associated economic study, members of the Consell de Formentera plenary unanimously approved a proposal to raise cab fares by 12.89%. The previous fare hike took place in 2019. The Ministry of Mobility, to which the proposal was submitted for endorsement, revised the increase to 6.3%.

31 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera regulates vehicle access to Caló des Mort/Es Ram and Es Cap de Barbaria from today, 15 May

The Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera reports that motorists attempting to access and park their vehicle on the roads of Caló des Mort and Es Ram will be subject to certain rules and limitations starting today. The regulations will remain in force until 15 October 2023. As Rafael González, mobility councillor, put it, "last season, regulations helped us avoid the problems of environmental impact, traffic and parking that had plagued this area, so we have decided to redeploy the rules and keep them in place longer". Access to Caló des Mort and Es Ram was regulated for the first time last summer from June to September, both inclusive, in response to a request from nearby residents.

As of today, an attendant stationed in the area will inform motorists of the parking ban and redirect them to the nearby town where parking areas are available. These prohibitions are properly signposted and a rope and post fence has been placed around the perimeter of the vegetated areas to stop people from parking there.

Drivers may briefly stop to pick up or drop off passengers, as well as to allow easy access for people with reduced mobility. Motorists wishing to park must go to the adjacent town. The attendant has the authority to ticket and remove vehicles that violate the rules. Formentera Local Police and Civil Guard also have the power to intervene.

Regulation at Es Cap lighthouse
Motorists attempting to reach the lighthouse of Es Cap de Barbaria face rules and restrictions from this Monday too. In effect from 15 May to 15 October, the measure aims to preserve the publicly owned natural site located in Sa Tanca d'Allà Dins.

Councillor González recalled that "for the last six seasons, motor vehicle access has been restricted with a barrier located at kilometer 6.5 of the Es Cap highway. Regulated access is a way to ensure satisfactory experiences for visitors and residents visiting the lighthouse or Es Garroveret defence tower and make sure that they do not encounter problems of access".

Before the fence there is a car park with capacity for 60 cars and 100 motorcycles so that visitors can leave their vehicles and walk or cycle to the lighthouse.

There too, a guard/attendant will be stationed next to the barrier to facilitate peak-hour vehicle access for individual with reduced mobility (11.00am to 1.00pm and 6.00pm to 10.00pm).

15 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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Avinguda Miramar and Carrer Punta Prima in Es Pujols to become pedestrian-only, 8.00pm to 7.00am, tomorrow to 15 Oct.

The Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that from tomorrow 10 May to 15 October, two areas in Es Pujols--the stretch of Avinguda Miramar extending from its intersection with Carrer S'Espalmador to the sea, and the stretch of Carrer Punta Prima extending from Avinguda Miramar to Carrer Xaloc--will become pedestrian-only every day from 8.00pm to 7.00am.

Cars will be allowed on the streets during all other hours of the day, but parking will not, save to load and unload goods. Rafael González, mobility councillor, said that last year the measure began on 15 June and this year we have moved forward implementation, following requests from business owners in the area after seeing the results of the first two years of this initiative. The car-free initiative began after these two streets were upgraded in 2021, and since then has been reactivated every summer with the aim, González pointed out, of "boosting business in Es Pujols, particularly in the late afternoon and evening when activity is at its highest".

Complete details are included in a map of Es Pujols that can be found at tourist information offices and on the Office of Tourism website, here.

In Es Pujols there are two free "overflow" parking areas on the outskirts of the town: a 150-car and 150-motorcycle lot to the southeast, and 60 spaces on the ring road.

Lastly, vendors at the Es Pujols market may load and unload their cars during two daily 30-minute periods of free parking in the lot under Plaça de Europa. Long-term parking passes will be available at the car park office at Plaça de Europa.

People with reduced mobility and drivers of electric vehicles may park for free at the underground Plaça de Europa car park, and parking passes can be obtained at the same office.

9 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Access controls start at Ses Salines Park from Wednesday 10 May

foto 2023v access controls AThe Office of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera reports that local motorists attempting to access Ses Salines Park will face controls from Wednesday 10 May. Access to the park will be free for Formentera residents throughout the summer season.

Entry will cost €4 per car and €2 per motorcycle from 10 May to 15 June; €5 per car and €3 per motorcycle from 16 June to 15 July; €6 and €4 from 16 July to 31 August; €5/€3 from 1 to 15 September, and €4/€2 from 16 to 30 September.

People with reduced mobility, drivers of electric vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists will have free access, while drivers of hybrid vehicles will get in at half fare. "The goal is to promote sustainable mobility in the natural park and avoid situations of saturation in this area of environmental importance and great tourist appeal", said Rafael González, mobility councillor.

Access controls will remain in place till 30 September at Ses Illetes, and will only apply from 1 June to 15 September at Es Cavall d'en Borràs and Llevant.

8 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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