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Formentera earmarks €35K for freelancers and other businesses specialised in land transport

foto 2021 transport terrestreMobility chief Rafael González took part today in a meeting of the Balearic Land Transport Council that was co-chaired by Francina Armengol and Balearic mobility and housing minister Josep Marí Ribas and attended by representatives of other island councils and business leaders.

The Consell de Formentera and Govern balear agreed at the encounter to put up €17,250 to assist businesses and freelancers that offer occasional carriage services by bus, specialise in ground merchandise transport, work as taxi drivers, or operate as rent-a-car companies.

“In these days of pandemia and tumult in the land transport sector, these subsidies are extremely necessary and we couldn’t be happier that they’ve received industry approval. Now the challenge is to ensure people can access these funds easily”, said González.

3 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

15 days, 2,000 metred parking pass renewed

foto 2021 zona blavaThe Formentera Department of Mobility (FDM) reports that in the first half of February roughly two thousand local motorists renewed passes to leave vehicles in pay-to-park spots. Including renewals since summer, a total of four thousand islanders can now park in metred spots at no charge, said FDM chief Rafael González.

Until Monday 22 February, metre attendants’ top priority will be to remind motorists to renew “blue and green zone” passes if they wish to continue parking for free in the painted spots.

Renewals
Passes may be renewed on the OVAC by clicking on tràmits i gestions > llicències i permisos > Sol·licitud d'autorització / renovació d'autorització de zona blava – verda. Renewals can also be processed face to face at the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC). For additional inquiries, call the Consell at 971 32 10 87.

Formentera’s pay-to-park scheme was put on hold in March following declaration of emergency orders. The system was restored in July, but the Consell opted to extend free-parking rather than contend with a wave of summertime renewals overlapping with peak economic activity and parking demand. Automatic renewals ended at the start of February.

19 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Getting Formentera up to speed on blue and green zone parking permit renewals

The Formentera Mobility Department reminds islanders that permits to park at no charge in spaces marked with blue or green must be renewed once a year. Department chief Rafael González traced deactivation of the pay-to-park scheme to the March 2020 announcement of emergency orders across the Spanish territory. Metred parking was restored in July, but the Consell opted to extend free-parking rather than contend with a wave of summertime renewals overlapping with peak economic activity and parking demand.

Until now, permits have been automatically renewed whether a motorist took any specific action or not. From this Monday, 1 February, the process is no longer automatic, and the renewal procedure will be mandatory for any motorist who hasn’t already completed it at some point over the last 12 months. Renewals are effective within twenty-four hours.

To cut down on face-to-face visits, the Consell encourages islanders to process permit renewals online by visiting this link and clicking on Tràmits i gestions > Llicències i permisos > Sol•licitud d’autorització / renovació d’autorització de zona blava - verda. For additional inquiries, call the Consell at 971 32 10 87.

Explained Councillor González, “During the first half of February parking attendants will prioritise educating motorists about renewals. For now the top priority is making sure permits are up to date.”

30 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Monday marks return of 6.00am ferry to Eivissa

foto 2020 conexionsEarlier today Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Balearic mobility and housing minister Marc Pons were joined by Adolfo Utor, chief of the transport company Baleària, in making public the details of a partnership between the Govern balear and Balèaria to re-establish early-bird service from Formentera to Eivissa.

From Monday 16 November, islanders will have the option of a 6.00am ferry to Eivissa. The partnership resolves an issue that was laid bare by Formentera residents who petitioned to make the early-morning ferry service to Eivissa mandatory.

“Maritime mobility goes beyond leisure”, said President Ferrer, “it’s a question of basic needs and essential services which are available exclusively on Eivissa”. She applauded Baleària’s efforts to restore the 6.00am trip but encouraged Mr Pons to continue working to bring back the 10.30pm Eivissa-to-Formentera journey as well. The last ferry currently sets off from Eivissa every night at 9.30pm.

The Balèaria boss said the early-bird service would operate weekdays in passenger-only “eco fast” ships that the ferry company added to its fleet two years ago. The ferries were specially designed for the Eivissa-Formentera route and have a reduced environmental footprint.

Also on hand at the presentation were local mobility councillor Rafael González and the head of the Balearic office of sea and air transport, Xavier Ramis.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera crowns year two of scheme to count and cap incoming vehicles

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that 31 August marked a milestone: the end of the second summer of restricted permits to bring and operate vehicles on the island. According to data collected by the Consell de Formentera, the months of July and August saw an overall  average of 18,969 vehicles navigating local roads—an eight-per-cent drop compared to 2019, when 20,595 had obtained the necessary permit.

The average number of vehicles in circulation in July was 18,322 and in August it was 19,616. Broken down by vehicle type and drivers, the figures are as follows:

_______________________________________ July August

Average

Compact cars (visitors)......................................... 1,891 2,073 1,982
Motor scooters (visitors)
195 203 199
Compact cars (Eivissa residents)
199 220 210
Motor scooters (Eivissa residents)
20 20

20

Compact cars (rental)........................................... 2,481 2,592 2,536
Motor scooters (rental)
6,720 6,720 6,720
Resident vehicles........................................ 5,723 6,440 6,081
Other vehicles 1,093 1,348 1,221
Total___________________________________ 18,322 19,616 18,969

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Visiting vehicle permit requests near peak levels in August
In a first since the count-and-curb scheme was launched, motorists vying for accreditation to drive on the island outstripped the number of available permits. The situation arose four times in August: Thursday the 13th, Friday the 14th, Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st. Plus, for twenty consecutive days in August —from the 5th to the 24th— permits were over 95% exhausted.

In 2020 the vehicle ceiling was set at 21,487—four per cent lower than the previous year’s (22,382).

“The pandemic meant this was an atypical season for formentera.eco”, said mobility chief Rafael González, who indicated that although “final data and conclusions [were] forthcoming, generally speaking the island saw fewer vehicles than in 2019”. Still, demand hit particularly high levels in August, with permits even maxing out on four separate occasions—an indication, quipped González, “of just how necessary the regulatory scheme really is”.

González trumpeted the scheme’s accurate enforcement and the absence of significant “misalignments or incidents”. He applauded the constant collaboration of ferry companies, who kept travellers informed for the duration of formentera.eco enforcement, as well as that of rent-a-car businesses for their overall compliance with the scheme.

“When complete data is available in October we will start sitting down with representatives of the local social and business sector in order to evaluate this second season and work on the season ahead”, concluded González.

8 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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