During the summer months of July and August (peak season when visitor traffic is highest) Formentera's population triples, and cars on the road increase in kind.
What is clear from the flow of tourists and number of vehicles brought to and driven on the island is that action is needed to ensure the island's future environmental and economic sustainability.
To that end, the Formentera Council petitioned the Balearic government (Govern de les Illes Balears) to introduce ground-breaking legislation at the national level to enable the island's administration to cap vehicle ingress and regulate permits to drive on local roads in summer. The move is about maintaining environmental harmony and making sure that visitors and islanders can enjoy the tranquillity they expect to find.
In accordance with legislation adopted for Formentera's environmental and economic stability, the inbound transit, operation and parking of all types of motor vehicles will be regulated.
From 1 July until 31 August 2019 (both inclusive).
A maximum of 12,450 motor vehicles (highest vehicle count recorded in 2018) can be brought to the island and driven and parked on public roads.
The 2019 limit will be set here in a bid to break the trend of steady expansion seen in recent decades.
Limits enforced in each vehicle category:
Quads are restricted due to the damage such vehicles do to Formentera's network of roads, particularly unpaved ones (the local standard).
Caravans and motorhomes are restricted because camping is prohibited in Formentera and the island lacks spaces set aside for this activity.
The following vehicles are exempt from regulation:
Fees are applied for motor vehicle permits to enter, drive and park on island roads.
The following rates apply to:
A 50% discount is applied to hybrid vehicles.
Processing platform www.formentera.eco
Once the reservation has been completed, the interested party will receive an electronic receipt with permission to enter, drive and park on the island in the specified vehicle and for a given number of days. There is no need to print out this badge.
Each vehicle's plate number works like its badge and is used for tracking purposes.