by Staff Reporter
THE traffic police in Calvia will start imposing fines on Monday on drivers abusing the ‘Blue Zone-Tariff Zero' regulations on the front line of the beach resorts and commercial areas.

The system was introduced on July 26, but until now, the council has been operating a “softly softly” policy and merely warning drivers who failed to obey the regulations.

Just like regular Blue Zone parking areas, drivers have to display a clock showing the time of arrival.
The only difference is that this clock is supplied free of charge. The car has to be moved after 90 minutes.
The Calvia council has issued a communique warning drivers that the period of grace is now over, and from Monday, offenders can expect fines.
The Blue Zone-Tariff Zero policy operates Mondays to Fridays from 9.30am to 1.30pm and 4 to 8pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm. After the initial 90 minutes of parking, the car has to be moved at least 200 metres.

If a driver does not have one of the cardboard clocks, which are available from the town hall or the tourism information offices, a simple piece of paper indicating the time the car was parked will be enough.

When the scheme started, the council said it had printed 10'000 of the cardboard clocks.
The municipality of Calvia, one of the wealthiest on the island, includes the popular resorts of Magalluf, Palma Nova, Paguera, Santa Ponsa and Illetas.

Traders welcomed the council's new initiative, claiming that the traffic situation was chaotic and prevented would be customers from visiting the area because it was impossible to find a parking space.

Now it remains to be seen how the drivers react to the possibility of being fined.