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The Metrominut Formentera message: ‘Getting around is easier by bike’

foto 2021 metrominutThe Formentera Department of Mobility is pleased to announce a new map to encourage two-wheel mobility on the island among visitors. Metrominut Formentera, better by bike highlights eight bicycle routes near the port of La Savina, including details about their distance and the time it usually takes to travel them.

Mobility chief Rafael González said FDM would deliver the map to bike rental outfits in La Savina, Es Pujols and Sant Ferran so they could quickly explain to customers “just how easy it is to get around Formentera with environmentally sustainable vehicles”.

The map will also be accessible on the website of Formentera’s Office of Tourism and available locally at Tourist Info Points. The initiative is included in Formentera’s Sustainable Mobility Plan.

28 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera responds to rising demand with 13 new licences for seasonal taxis

The Formentera Department of Mobility is pleased to announce the approval today of 13 seasonal chauffeurs’ licences. Provisions for the change were included the 2021 Seasonal Taxi Action Plan, and it will put 52% more taxis on roads through 31 August.

Initially the plan called for three new seasonal licences, with the possibility of additional licences subject to demand. More than three applications ultimately came in, a circumstance which drove the decision to unlock an additional ten licences.

While earlier plans envisioned a 9.00am-9.00pm workday for drivers, a recently-vetted expansion will mean that, until the end of August, the island’s cabbies will provide service until 11.00pm.

Action plan
Three seasonal licences which were announced previously will stay in force till 23 September, while the current run of 10 expire at the end of August. Drivers demonstrating need may request their licence be extended through September.

The addition of 13 taxis to Formentera’s standing year-round fleet of 25 puts the total number of cabs at 38, an all-time high for the island.

Applicants included seven ordinary licence holders and six salaried employees who accredited at least five months’ relevant experience between 2018 and 2019.

The number of seasonal licenses and hours of service were agreed between the Formentera government and the Union Group of Formentera Taxi Drivers.

Extraordinary circumstances
In light of unusual circumstances stemming from covid-19:
-The action plan is in force only during the summer 2021 season.
-The Consell is rebating the typically €1,000/month licence fee in full.

23 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell gets seven new electric vehicles

foto 2021 set vehicles EVConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and mobility chief Rafael Gonzalez were joined by municipal employees at Far de la Mola for a presentation of local government’s recent acquisition of seven new electric vehicles (EVs). The fully-electric, 340-kilometre-range Peugeot 208s cost €203,903 (VAT included), money which came from the Balearic government’s Sustainability Fund in compliance with national legislation on sustainability.

President Ferrer hailed the new EVs as one more example of Formentera’s longstanding commitment to sustainable mobility. She highlighted 30 local EV charging stations and other perks that the island’s government offers EV drivers. Motorists who contact the OAC can also get a card to use municipal recharge points at no cost, plus get rebates to park in blue zone spots and beneath Plaça Europa.

Formentera’s Sustainable Mobility Plan calls for local government to renew its EV fleet “to improve energy efficiency and cut emissions”, FDM chief González pointed out. The vehicles will be used by Formentera’s offices of island services, inspections, mobility, new technologies, land and activities, not to mention the municipal clerk, local police and others. Included in the Consell’s current 11-piece EV fleet are the seven cars presented today, a van and three motorbikes.

13 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera asks port authority to reduce traffic on Eivissa-Formentera line

foto 2021 apbEarlier this morning, Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer gathered in the Port de la Savina control room with Francesc Antich, the top-ranking official at the Balearic Port Authority (Autoritat Portuària de Balears, APB). Also on hand at the encounter were local vice-president Ana Juan, mobility chief Rafael González, primary sector chief Josep Marí, APB director Jorge Nasarre and APB’s delegate on Eivissa and Formentera, Ignacio Revilla.

Formentera’s representatives reiterated previous calls to respect a June 2020 agreement between APB, the regional government and Consell de Formentera by reducing ferries on the Pine Islands line. They also called for urgent compliance with a maritime safety report drafted by the Harbour Master’s Office which sets the maximum number of simultaneous manoeuvres in the harbour at two.

Moreover, the island’s decision-makers insisted it was crucial that, in size and individual capacity, watercraft adapt to fit the port and not vice versa. “The capacity of each individual craft must be compatible with our island’s capacity to receive people and vehicles”, said the president.

Peak-hour saturation makes for a situation in la Savina harbour that President Ferrer described as both unsustainable and potentially dangerous. She underscored the intense strain that so many passing boats place on the environment of ses Salines reserve, which sits square in the path of the Eivissa-Formentera line.

“We need the responsible agencies to work together not only to maintain the same high quality service as always, but to keep the port and inter-land route safe, and keep the reserve sustainable and protected”, said Ferrer.

Heavy maritime traffic
Meeting attendees got a feel for day-to-day goings-on in the harbour and for the intensity of boat traffic there. They also witnessed the overlap that can occur in regular services. Eivissa ships offering day-trips to Formentera add an extra layer of complexity, as do recreational craft arriving at and leaving the marinas.

For their part, APB reps spoke about new control and information systems in the harbour. Formentera officials voiced discomfort over noncompliance with the 2020 agreement and insisted key areas of concern be incorporated into a new proposal that will be submitted to the plenary assembly.

Officials from the local and regional governments agreed to hold meetings with the Balearic ministries of mobility and environment and the Harbour Master’s Office to move forward with studies and steps to guarantee the full array of requested measures.

2 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera announces three new seasonal taxi permits for 2021 season

The Formentera Department of Mobility is pleased to report that tomorrow until 12 July applications will be accepted for three seasonal taxi permits on Formentera as part of the 2021 Seasonal Taxi Action Plan.

In the first offer, applicants must be in possession of a standard driver’s licence. The two permits included in the second offer are open to individuals with at least 5 months paid related experience from 2018 to 2019.

Exceptional circumstances
Given the exceptional situation stemming from covid-19:
-The current plan will only remain in force summer 2021.
-To keep the required level of investment low, eligible vehicles must be less than eight years old.
-The Consell will rebate the standard €1,000 monthly permit fee in full.

Mobility councillor Rafael González said Formentera Taxi Union Association was key to consensus on the plan, and added that more seasonal permits could follow based on demand. Awardees will be determined in a drawing, with future permits granted by additional drawings from the same list if permit quotas are raised.

Seasonal taxi permits are valid for two months from date of issue and start of driver service or, in case of extension, until 30 September. Drivers can operate taxis from 9.00am to 9.00pm and may also present a needs-based request to work extended hours. There are 25 drivers on Formentera’s regular, year-round fleet of taxis.

Councillor González insisted the premise of the plan —“strengthening public transport to support islander and tourist mobility”— was made all the more urgent by two separate considerations: fewer vehicles on local roads (8% from 2019 to today) and a ban on pirate taxis and ride-hailing services from 24 June to 7 September.

Complete information is available by clicking here and following the link to the Balearic Islands gazette.

1 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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