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Formentera unveils mobile camera system to enforce formentera.eco

foto 2021 cameres.ecoAThe Formentera Department of Mobility has acquired a mobile apparatus to check that vehicles on local roads are duly accredited during the period of formentera.eco enforcement.

The new control system —two cameras, a tablet and modem— has been fitted into an electric vehicle emblazoned with the Consell de Formentera and formentera.eco logos. The cameras read number plates and check whether vehicles in question have an associated formentera.eco authorisation.

Mobility chief Rafael González explained that patrols, conducted by FDM staff, would take place at distinct times throughout the day.

Priced at €16,123.25, the new system, which relies on increased patrols to ensure regulations are respected, is in addition to two cameras already installed in La Savina. Those cameras scan and control the number plates of all vehicles entering and exiting the island.

This year, formentera.eco’s third, anyone operating a vehicle on local roads between 24 June and 7 September must possess the proper accreditation in order to do so. Drivers who fail obtain formentera.eco accreditation face minimum fines of €1,000.

13 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

New study looks at use of local roads

foto 2021 aforaments DThe Formentera Department of Mobility is pleased to report that Friday 6 August marks the start of a new, 10-day study of traffic density and flow on local roads. Mobility chief Rafael González said the push would mean tallying pedestrians, cyclists, motorbike riders, motorists, bus riders and cab hailers to “see where mobility is at on Formentera today”.

The initiative is included in Formentera’s Sustainable Mobility Plan, with similar efforts completed in 2017 and 2019. “This time we’ll be able to hold our findings against data from previous years”, added González, hoping the work would enable the FDM to “track changes in local mobility and weigh the effect of regulatory changes”.

Traffic flow
At peak hours of congestion during the first half of August, crews will conduct tallies of drivers, passengers and vehicles and classify them by vehicle type.

With a mix of hand and machine counts, the researchers will gauge use of Formentera’s green trails among pedestrians and cyclists as well as the popularity of publicly-subsidised transport like buses and taxis. In the port of La Savina, the initiative will also involve a visitor head count and survey, in which participants are queried on how they get around and whether they are staying overnight.

6 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Over 150 rental cars ticketed in July

foto 2021 sancions vehicles

The Formentera Departments of Mobility and Interior report that this July, 11 rental vehicles towed from the overflow lot across from Plaça de les Illes Pitiüses in La Savina have been impounded by municipal authorities for failing to display required parking permits. The €90 fines are issued by parking attendants, with motorists also on the hook to repay towing costs. None of the cited vehicles displayed the identification required of rental cars, so their owners face additional fines of up to €1,000. Failure to possess accreditation to drive and park on the island means tertiary fines faced by vehicle owners could range between €1,000 and €10,000.

In addition, during the month of July Formentera Local Police issued 140 citations concerning unrented vehicles for hire that were parked in public spots in La Savina and Sant Francesc. Depending on the seriousness of cases and the total tally of vehicles, fines vary between €1,000 and €30,000. Again, the cited vehicles were found without the appropriate rental vehicle identification, a violation carrying an additional fine of up to €1,000, and without formentera.eco accreditation to drive or park, putting them on the hook for another fine of between €1,000 and €10,000.

Mobility chief Rafael González explained that these actions are part of a summer campaign to “enforce formentera.eco rules and municipal parking ordinances, whose ultimate aim is to reduce strain on local roads and car parks”. FDE will now proceed to processing the citations.

29 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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

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