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Formentera drivers must verify or obtain accreditation before formentera.eco rollout on Thursday 24 June

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from Thursday 24 June until 7 September anyone operating a vehicle, car or motorbike on the island must have the appropriate authorisation to do so, including residents of Formentera.

The process is free for Formentera residents and need only be done once a year; all it takes is a few simple steps on the formentera.eco website. Five thousand resident vehicles currently authorised for free parking in metred “blue zone, green zone” areas of the island have already received clearance on the website.

Mobility chief Rafael González encouraged islanders to connect to formentera.eco: “Individuals who haven’t signed up for blue zone parking can do so, and those who have already signed up can make sure their authorisation to drive has been issued”.

Verifying authorisation
Visitors to formentera.eco can verify their authorisation to drive on the island by clicking on “Already processed your authorisation? Check if your authorisation to enter, drive and park is valid” and entering their vehicle number plate.

Residents must register the number plates of all vehicles, cars and motorbikes on www.formentera.eco.

16 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

In boost for local commerce, upgraded parts of avinguda Miramar and carrer Punta Prima go car-free 8.00pm to 7.00am

foto 2021 es pujols vianants BThe Formentera Department of Mobility is pleased to report that evenings this summer from 15 June, the stretch of avinguda Miramar running from carrer Espalmador to the sea, and the expanse of carrer Punta Prima which is contained on either side by avinguda Miramar and carrer Xaloc, will become pedestrian-only.

In places where upgrades and other visual enhancements were completed this winter, vehicle traffic will be permitted from 7.00am to 8.00pm, though only for loading and unloading. Parking in those areas will remain prohibited.

As mobility chief Rafael González explained, “we hope to deliver a boost to businesses in this part of es Pujols, especially in the late afternoon and evening when footfall is highest”. “It’s just one of multiple operations in the area aimed at fomenting activity in the island’s tourist hub”, he added.

The strategy was agreed by area business owners in a meeting hosted by local government on 7 June.

Related efforts
Attendees of the same meeting also voted to allow traffic on carrer Xaloc from the roundabout towards the sea.

In the days ahead, two new park-and-ride lots will create parking to the southeast of town for 150 cars and 150 mopeds and, along the ring road, to 60 cars.

Vendors at the market in es Pujols can load and unload at no charge during two daily 30-minute slots in the car park under plaça Europa. Passes can be obtained at the plaça Europa car park office.

People with reduced mobility can park at no charge in the plaça Europa lot too. Those passes can also be obtained at the plaça Europa car park office.

15 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

formentera.eco activates online portal for summer permit requests

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from 10 June, motorists hoping to drive a vehicle on local roads between 24 June to 7 September can make their request for the associated permit and get confirmation regarding successful bookings at www.formentera.eco . Visiting drivers pay €1 a day (€5 minimum) for cars and €0.50/day (€2.50 min.) for motorbikes and mopeds.

Advance bookings, which began 15 March, can now be confirmed online. Applicants will receive an email and have 10 days to confirm their booking and pay for it.

The process is free for residents of the Balearics and owners of electric vehicles, with drivers of hybrid vehicles paying half price.

Permits are guaranteed for Formentera residents already in possession of a “blue zone-green zone” metred parking pass. Motorists can ensure they have been cleared for summer driving by entering their vehicle plate number on the formentera.eco website; drivers not already cleared can apply for a free permit online.

10 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Public transport free for riders with disabilities, dependents, companions and minors

cartell 2021 transport public gratuitThe Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from 4 June rides on public buses will be free for the following residents and visitors:

- Riders under 18
- Riders with disabilities/dependents and their companions.

Mobility chief Rafael González voiced his satisfaction at launching an initiative which, for one, aims to “promote public transport and sustainable mobility so young islanders can form the lasting habit of using public transport and understand its advantages”. “It’s also about facilitating autonomy and mobility for care-dependent riders and riders with disabilities and their companions”, said González, who traced the origins of the initiative to a petition made to the Consell d’Entitats by the Pau Mayans Association for the Integration of People with ASD.

Free, no-hassle service
Riders who wish to benefit from free transport must provide certain documentation. Minors must supply a photo ID or passport, while individuals with disabilities, care-dependent riders and their companions must provide documentation accrediting their degree of disability or, alternately, a certificate attesting disability or care-dependency. “The goal was to make accessing the free service easy, which is why there’s no paperwork: an ID card or other proof of disability or care-dependency are all that’s required to access the service”, explained Gonzalez.

formentera.eco 2021
Free rides are just one of many measures included in the 2021 formentera.eco plan for sustainable mobility. In the words of the mobility chief, “It’s one more step down the path to sustainable mobility that the Consell de Formentera has been on for years”.

27 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera to reinstate formentera.eco fee in summer 2021

Decision to suspend fees came amid uncertainty around summer 2020 season. Residents of Balearics get accreditation at no charge.

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that this summer motorists will again have to pay a fee to drive on the island between 24 June and 7 September 2021. Visitors must pay €1.00/day (€5.00 minimum) for cars and €0.50/day for motorbikes and mopeds (€2.50 minimum). Residents of Formentera and the rest of the Balearics, and drivers of electric vehicles, receive formentera.eco accreditation free of charge.

Mobility councillor Rafael González explained, “We thought it appropriate to reinstate the fee given the favourable turn of pandemic conditions and growing demand among Formentera’s visitors to come to the island with a personal vehicle”. The fee was placed on hold last year in a context of uncertain prospects for the summer season.

González said high demand in 2020 meant some drivers saw their accreditation requests denied during the month of August.

In addition, commercial interest has been detected in the maritime route connecting the two Pine Islands. One of the ferry companies has taken issue with formentera.eco for limiting the stream of incoming vehicles, and an additional firm has shown interest in providing service on the Eivissa-Formentera line. By González’s lights, “It speaks to the need for a scheme like formentera.eco, where the idea is to keep residents and visitors happy and guarantee sustainability by preventing high-season strain on local roads”.

Confirming bookings
On 15 March, the formentera.eco website began offering drivers the possibility of reserving vehicle accreditation in advance and confirming the booking via email and payment in the first half of June. González said the fee was designed to encourage longer stays, which he described as “particularly key to local tourism”.

Advance reservations
González drew attention to the 50% increase in advance reservations registered by formentera.eco since emergency orders were lifted. 1,783 advance reservations were made during the 56-day period from 15 March to 9 May (per-day average: 32). 491 advance reservations were made during the ten days from 10 to 19 May (per-day average: 49). The upward trend was highlighted by President Ferrer and members of the local business community at a presentation at this week’s International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur).

Consell d’Entitats
Lastly, González noted that the fee received backing from the Consell d’Entitats in February 2020. The Consell d’Entitats decision to assess the fee in summer 2021 will be communicated in the days ahead to Consell d’Entitats member groups.

21 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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