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Aspiring taxi drivers: applications accepted for local chauffeurs' licence

Foto parada taxis FormenteraThe Formentera Council's mobility department announces the coming round of competitive exams to obtain a local taxi permit. Interested parties can sign up until January 17, 2019 in person at the OAC (“Citizen's Information Office”), carrer Ramon Llull, 6, in Sant Francesc, or online via the OVAC.

The conditions of participation can be viewed in the mobility office area of Council's website (www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat) and at this link. Two rounds of exams are planned: on February 6 and March 27. A ten-day period of registration for the second round will begin on February 20.

Department head Rafael González described the goal as “making sure our local taxi service has got qualified individuals for the 2019 season”. Results of the preliminary round of registration will be posted to the administration's bulletin board.

Crews start Monday on Sant Ferran road upgrades

foto reforma sferran antesdespres 2The Formentera Council's infrastructure office announces that Monday January 7 will see the first part of a road improvements project on avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch in Sant Ferran. Initial work will mean relaying the avenue from the ring-road roundabout to the turnoff at carrer Guillem de Montgrí (remodelled last winter).

Following a tying off of the area on Monday, work will begin on the northern pavement between carrer Guillem de Montgrí and carrer València. Parking will not be available while construction is under way but businesses are advised that, in order to ensure stores can stay open, pedestrian access will be left unaffected. Normal traffic flow in both directions will also continue unperturbed.

The remodel includes repaving, widening pedestrian walkways, eliminating architectural barriers, undergrounding services like sanitation, drinking water, telephone, electricity and street lights as well as general street improvements. The upgrades will be familiar to improvements last winter carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València.

A new dedicated bike lane and electric vehicle recharge points are other standout features of plans.

The second phase of work, scheduled for next winter, will effect the stretch of road from Guillem de Montgrí to the school. The remodel's total price-tag is 1.9 million euros.

Formentera enthusiastic about playbook ahead under Maritime Transport decree

foto decret transport maritim 2The Formentera Council welcomes a series of proposed measures from the regional government that were laid out yesterday as part of an unveiling by two administration officials—minister of territory, energy and mobility Marc Pons and head of ports and airports Xavier Ramis—of an order known as the Maritime Transport decree.

CiF president Jaume Ferrer called the order “a crucial step on the road to definitive approval” for a measure aimed at “addressing an issue that has held the attention of the Formentera Council for three legislative terms already”. Ferrer congratulated the Balearic ministry and directorate general of territory (a field often called “spatial planning” in Europe) on the success of their work with Formentera's mobility department in building consensus around the decree's overarching vision for the island's maritime transport, and confided: “We're looking forward to the prospect of the decree's speedy completion and adoption”.

Maritime Transport decree
The decree has its roots in Llei 11/2010 (November 2), a piece of legislation concerning maritime transport empowering the Govern balear to dictate regulations and administrative provisions necessary to assuring regular transport in tune with the mobility needs of people in the region. The legislation also regulates transport associated with leisure and tourism, and gives legal force to the scheduling and frequency of passages between islands as well as requirements of guaranteed service provision.

Identifying the route linking the La Savina (Formentera) and Eivissa ports as a “strategic line” and a “maritime route in the public interest”, the decree affords special attention to the case of Formentera and the features that amplify residents' perceived remoteness. The idea is to accommodate Formentera travellers whose travel plans, whether early morning or late night, necessarily involve passage through Eivissa.

CiF mobility secretary Rafael González welcomed the new order on the grounds that it addresses many pleas voiced locally. “Early-bird and red-eye ferry journeys between Formentera and Eivissa were high on that list”, said González, “along with the need to regulate sea excursions and guaranteeing universal access to them”. The secretary applauded the Govern's commitment to finding solutions for those sticking points. “The proposed formulas will be reviewed once the documents are made available to ensure they address and resolve the concerns of Formentera residents", he said.

A period for public comments on the order, beginning today, means that contributions will be accepted from the distinct entities, groups and institutions with ties to maritime transport.

Island welcomes rescheduling of last Formentera-bound ferry

foto port-de-la-savina-barquesThe Formentera Council's mobility office hails the choice of 9.30pm as the latest ferry trip from Eivissa to Formentera on weekdays.

Mobility councillor Rafael González thanked transport company Trasmapi for rescheduling the last journey out of Eivissa's port, Vila, which he said made the move “in response to the requests of islanders and the Council”. González described the retooled ferry service as “an improvement in terms of Formentera residents' mobility, not least for islanders that take the ferry for work, school or medical reasons, or to make connections through the airport”.

González also noted the service tweak means alignment with legislation known as the Llei de Transport Marítim ("Martime Transport Act", 11/2010) mandating transport options from Eivissa to Formentera at least until 9.30pm.

Winter hours in effect for Formentera's metred parking service

foto zona blava 3The Formentera Council's mobility department reports that beginning Thursday November 1, winter hours will take effect across metred parking areas in La Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran. Meanwhile, in Es Pujols, traffic wardens will cease to enforce the pay-to-park system in zona blava (“blue zone”) spaces until the start of summer. Elsewhere metred parking will be in force Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 2.00pm and 4.00pm to 8.00pm. Parking is free on Sundays and bank holidays.

Cars parked in blue zone spots can remain there up to three days, unlike in summer, when the limit is one day. Green zone (zona verda) spots on the other hand are reserved for authorised vehicles, which can be parked for no more than three days, and La Savina residents carrying proof of residence, who can leave vehicles parked for as many as 15 days, just like in summer.

15-minute spots
From November 1 islanders will notice brand-new 15-minute spaces along with accompanying parking passes that feature an updated look. 15-minute spots in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran are designed to encourage frequent vehicle turnover in those areas where business activity is concentrated and parking spaces are in short supply.

Free for everyone, the new 15-minute parking passes can be obtained and used in pay-to-park lots across the island. A 15-minute ticket can be used to park in any blue zone. Three-day passes are valid for all parking spaces except those dedicated to 15-minute use.

The Formentera Council will stage an outreach push in November to inform islanders of changes. Parking attendants' primary task will be to educate motorists and business owners in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and La Savina

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