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Formentera’s system to count and cap vehicles turns three

foto 2021 for.ecoThe Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from Thursday 24 June to Tuesday 7 September, motorists are required to carry a special permit to operate a vehicle on the island, with FDE chief Rafael González pointing out that, for formentera.eco’s fourth summer, enforcement would be extended to the last week of June and first week of September, as agreed by the Consell d’Entitats.

The councillor’s assessment was positive as regulations took effect again today, when a total of 15,390 vehicles were cleared for use on local roads. The following is a breakdown of permits already issued:

Cars [visitors]: 501
Motorbikes/mopeds [visitors]: 71

Cars [Eivissa residents]: 181
Motorbikes/mopeds [Eivissa residents]: 20

Cars [rentals]: 2,410
Motorbikes/mopeds [rentals]: 6,085

Resident permits: 5,549
Other permits: 573

Total: 15,390
Last updated at 9.00am on 24 June 2021

In the previous week, visitors accounted for, on average, 145 daily reservations. As of today’s date, availability existed every day until the end of enforcement on 7 September.

2021 limits
This summer, the maximum number of vehicles in circulation on the island has been set at 20,591, or 8% less than the previous year. That yearly target is expected to decrease by 4% annually until 2023, for an overall four-year reduction of 16%.

Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer identified overcrowding as Formentera’s number-one threat, and said that with terrestrial vehicles under control, attention could be turned to regulating maritime transport through avenues like trip frequency on the regular ferry lines and controlled moorage along the coast.

Permits to drive on the island can be obtained quickly and easily on the formentera.eco website. Visitors must pay €1/day for cars and 50 cents for motor-scooters (minimums—€5 for the former and €2.50 for the latter—are also established). Residents of the Balearics and drivers of electric vehicles don’t pay a thing, but they must still complete the permit process on formentera.eco.

Details about the bid to relieve strain on Formentera roads are provided to anyone who buys a ticket with a ferry company offering travellers the option of transporting a vehicle, so everyone visiting the island with a vehicle is guaranteed to have already received the necessary information.

Forty-three companies are authorised to rent vehicles on Formentera, and they too must use www.formentera.eco to obtain the necessary permits.

As the count and cap scheme turns three, specific changes have sought to improve monitoring of in- and outbound vehicles. At a high-traffic point of passage, number plate reading cameras controlling arriving and departing vehicles have been updated and relocated to boost efficiency, and special signage has gone up to ensure drivers know about the system.

Motorists who operate a vehicle on Formentera without the required authorisation face minimum fines of €1,000.

24 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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

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