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it-1-Italian, French and German versions of the formentera.eco website added early this week have brought the site's total number of available languages to six, marking a leap forward in terms of the service's reach and accessibility. In the day's since the April 15 launch of the reservations portal, the service has logged close to 2,130 reservations—1,052 for vehicles driven by visiting motorists; 357 for cars registered on the island, and the rest for vehicles that complete a separate set of conditions. No incidents have been reported and applicants have yet to reach any of the vehicle entry caps established under the scheme.

May 3, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Summer hours in effect for metred parking on Formentera

foto 15m parquin regulatThe Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from tomorrow, Wednesday May 1, summer hours will be enforced across metred parking areas in La Savina, Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and Es Pujols. In la Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran metred parking rules are in effect from Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 9.00pm and, in Es Pujols, Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 12 midnight.

Blue zone parking passes will be valid in any blue spaces on the island, while drivers of vehicles that are ineligible for the blue zone reduction must pay €1.20 per hour.

Drivers can leave their cars parked a maximum of one day in summer, as opposed to the three-day limit applied in winter. As far as green zone parking is concerned, motorists in La Savina can park up to 15 days (drivers of authorised vehicles have up to 24 hours).

15-minute parking
The rollout of 15-minute parking spaces started in November and the scheme will continue through summer. Located in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran, these spaces are designed to promote vehicle circulation in areas of heavy business activity and parking shortage.

Fiften-minute parking passes can be obtained by any driver for free and are valid for any associated 15-minute space. No other passes will be accepted for vehicles parked in 15-minute spaces.

For more details visit http://www.zonablava.com.

30 April 2019
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Island launches www.formentera.eco reservations platform for July and August drivers

foto-presentacio---web-reserve1The Formentera Council convened the local tourism sector and islanders at large for an unveiling of the www.formentera.eco website, a presentation aimed at bringing people up to speed on the new reservations platform for anyone planning to drive on the island in July and August.

As the event got underway at 10.00am in the Council's Sala de Plens, Jaume Ferrer gave an overview of everything that's happened since the Consell d'Entitats formulated the original request—(“regulate the vehicles coming onto Formentera to avoid highway saturation during the core months of the season”)—back in 2014.

“We've been at it since then”, said Ferrer, “and this year, on January 29, legislation for Formentera's environmental and economic stability finally took effect, giving us the authority to determine how vehicles are brought onto the island”. With decision-making authority, plus the buy-in of both the Consell d'Entitats and the administration's plenary assembly, Formentera came up with a cap on the number of vehicles that will be allowed on local roads during the first months of what is a ground-breaking programme in Spain. A key part of getting there was the creation of the www.formentera.eco website, which was unveiled today.

Web: formentera.eco
CiF communications chief Elena Trinidad led a demo of the website, pointing up its four functionalities, the first of which is a search engine which enables tourists to view a calendar of availability and determine (and reserve) the dates of their visit. Tourists must pay one euro per day to bring a car, or fifty cents daily for scooters. A first email will be sent to verify the reservation; a second email contains a link to complete payment.

The second functionality, for individuals, businesses and operators of certain vehicles, is a one-stop process enabling motorists to obtain the authorisation for the rest of the season. With this feature, Formentera residents can register their personal vehicles at no cost and are not submitted to limits.

The third part of the website enables drivers to use their vehicle plate number to check if a reservation has been processed correctly. A fourth section of the platform will feature all the details about the project, including downloadable, shareable material and other useful info like public transport schedules.

Automatic accreditation
CiF mobility councillor Rafael González pointed out that if a vehicle has a blue and green zone parking permit, accreditation to be on the road in July and August is automatic. Council officials say they expect the synching of www.formentera.eco and the administration's own database—enabling islanders to see if they've received the automatic go-ahead—to be completed this May.

González stressed that car-hire companies can complete multiple registrations at the same time for vehicles within the same fleet. Businesses will be contacted in May and provided log-info enabling them access to a dedicated section of the new platform.

Eye on tourism
For her part, CiF tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer underscored her department's efforts to ensure the aesthetics of the project squared with the island's message for tourists. Staff trawled the department's catalogue of images to put forward a sustainable vision of Formentera. The department has also been contributing information to the site and made it a talking point at travel expos since January. The global response has been extremely positive.

“Travelers from outside Spain don't typically bring their vehicles when they visit”, said Ferrer, “but we've detected a great deal of interest at travel expos”. “Feedback has been fabulous”, she continued, “people get that this is about conservation, which happens to be a core interest for most of our visitors”.

The website will be translated in six languages. Today's grand-opening was in Catalan and tomorrow will see the addition of Spanish and English, with the Italian, French and German equivalents expected up in May.

April 15, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Regulated vehicle entry put to Consell d'Entitats

foto-consell-entitats 6-de-mar2At 8.00pm last night islanders gathered in the plenary hall of the CiF for a special session of Formentera's council of entities (Consell d'Entitats). Mobility councillor Rafael González went over the proposed bid to manage how motorists bring vehicles to the island, and how they circulate and park whilst here. The effort is an offshoot of legislation, passed on January 29 in a full assembly of the Balearic parliament, for Formentera's environmental and economic sustainability.

The CiF president, Jaume Ferrer, gave an overview of the twists and turns from September 2014, when the Consell d'Entitats called for authorities to begin regulating vehicle ingress on the island, to yestereday, when the proposal came before the coalition. Participants, who requested a week to relay details of the proposal to their associates, will gather again next week to address questions on the issue and listen to Consell representatives' take.

Application period and fee
Drivers on the island will have all of July and August to register for the first year of the programme. Only those individuals from outside the Balearics will be required to pay the associated fee—one euro a day for cars and fifty cents/day for scooters. The mobility councillor described it a “symbolic fee” designed to “help authorities assess the system in its first year”.

Visitors arriving from outside the archipelago will benefit from a fifty per cent discount if the vehicle they use is hybrid, while those with electric cars will pay nothing at all. Formentera residents are also dispensed of the fee, as are individuals with a second residence on the island; Eivissa residents employed on Formentera; motorists with authorised rental cars; residents of Eivissa, Menorca and Mallorca; and individuals driving historic vehicles affiliated with classic vehicle clubs.

Exemption from the vehicle-entry fee also extends to individuals with reduced mobility, official vehicles, public service vehicles, freight vehicles and industrial machinery.

An online platform, activated during the first half of April and accessible via computer, tablet and mobile phone, will enable those wishing to visit the island with their vehicle to check availability in advance. If space exists, drivers will pay a fee to obtain authorisation. Residents of the Balearics will complete a similar process, though no fee will be assessed.

Given the Council will use data obtained during the blue and green zone accreditation process, Formentera residents with a parking permit are dispensed of the new formality and will be able to enter and exit the island —plus circulate and park— without impediment. Individuals who do not possess a permit to park will have to complete the formality, while bypassing the associated charge.

Rental car companies must certify their vehicle fleets, either at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC) or online through the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC). This step must be completed before accessing the platform to receive accreditation, which will be based on number plates of the vehicles in question.

Legislation also provides for “dissuasive penalties” of €1,001 to €10,001.

1. Tracking vehicle entry based on number plate readings in the la Savina port. Software will be deployed to check if vehicles have received the required authorisation. Any unauthorised vehicle entry will trigger an alert.
2. Parking checks (performed by blue zone metre attendants) based on number plate readings.
3. Checks of private rental cars via online platforms.
4. Police checks on local roads.

Vehicle cap
Formentera-based firms will be limited to 2,700 authorisations for cars and 7,000 for scooters. There is no quota for quads, camping cars or motor homes. To obtain authorisation, businesses must register via the “DRIAT” system (Document Responsable d'Inici d'Activitat Turística). Permits will be awarded in the order that applications are received and until quotas have been reached.

Limits of 2,280 cars and 230 scooters will be in effect for Formentera's visiting motorists. No quota will be applied for quads, camping cars or motor homes. Authorisations will be awarded in the order that applications are received and until quotas have been reached.

Maximum entry quotas —220 cars and 20 scooters— will also be imposed on Eivissa residents travelling to Formentera with their vehicles. There is no quota for quads, camping cars or motor homes. Authorisations will be given out in the order that applications are received and until quotas have been reached.

2019 transitional arrangement
Legislation calls for transitional measures to be implemented during the programme's first year. Non-resident visiting motorists and visiting motorists from Eivissa who, prior to the approval of publication in the BOIB of the present arrangement, were already in possession of one of three things —a reservation, accommodation on the island and/or a Formentera-bound boat— will be allowed to access, circulate and park on island roads whether or not quotas have been reached at the time of applying for authorisation.

All other vehicles —of Formentera residents, for example, and emergency services— are exempt from entry limits. An exception exists for persons with a second residence on Formentera; such individuals are by law limited to authorisation for one vehicle. If the proposal is ratified by the Consell d'Entitats and receives the green light at the administration's March plenary assembly, the Formentera Council will pilot an expanded nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the pioneer programme.

Improving public transport
Councillor González also spoke about a series of simultaneous upgrades to public transport. This summer, the L1 and L2 bus lines linking Formentera's largest towns —where most of the island's population is concentrated— will be coordinated to offer transportation service every thirty minutes between la Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran. Schedules will be coordinated with ferry arrivals and departures. The six remaining bus routes will remain unchanged, providing, in González's words, “an alternative for visitors and residents who choose public transport”.

Consell de Formentera
Área de Comunicación
7 de marzo de 2019

Formentera launches info push for metred parking system

foto 15m parquin regulatThe Formentera Council's mobility department is rolling out a campaign to educate islanders about the"regulated" or metred parking service that has been activated in the largest towns across Formentera in recent years.

Department head Rafael González said the information push sought to “clear up the questions concerning use of blue and green zone parking spaces, not just for islanders, but for visiting tourists as well”.

15 minutes for business
One of the campaign's chief messages has to do with the 15-minute spots incorporated into blue zone areas when Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran were prepped for the metred parking system. Anyone —both residents and visitors— can park free for up to 15 minutes; they just need to obtain a ticket.

The 15-minute parking areas have been placed strategically around the two towns and were created in response to requests by local business owners keen to encourage frequent rotation of vehicles. González said the move was about “giving drivers 15 minutes to do their shopping and making it easier to patronise local commerce”.

Information brochures
Informational material has been printed to get motorists up to speed about the ins and outs —and timetables— of the metred parking system and tackle the major questions. Metre maids will be charged with handing out the two thousand tracts among drivers who park in blue-zone spots, shop personnel and individuals driving rented vehicles.

An informative poster has also been put together to spotlight the campaign's central “15 minutes for business” message and will be affixed to bus stops and other eye-catching areas. The zonablava.com website has also been created as a one-stop shop for information. A video is also expected before summer to reach out to tourists.

The mobility chief thanked islanders for doing their best to use the blue zone correctly and framed such efforts as key to the parking improvements seen on Formentera in recent years.

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