Because of the Antoni Maura restrictions, alternative access will be via the Avenidas or Avenida Argentina. | P.L.


Measures to reduce traffic in Palma's old centre, provisionally announced last month, will begin to take effect from Tuesday, 12 July. From that day, it will no longer be possible to turn off the Paseo Marítimo into the Antoni Maura avenue. Any driver who does faces a ninety euro fine, though there are exceptions: public buses, delivery and emergency vehicles, bikes and motorcycles as well as those with passes for the car parks in Antoni Maura and the Plaça Major and residents with an Acire card. This latter category refers to areas of restricted parking in semi-pedestrianised zones. Even here, however, not everyone can use Antoni Maura. Those with cards for Banc de s'Oli and Missió have to access these zones via the Avenidas. All other traffic will now have to use either the Avenidas or the Avenida Argentina in order to get to the Passeig Mallorca or Jaume III.

In enforcing this measure, a camera is to be installed and information signage put up. In addition, there will be separate lane on the Paseo Marítimo for authorised traffic. Further cameras are to be installed in C. Riera and at the end of La Rambla going towards C. Unió in order to stop unauthorised vehicles. Only Acire users in Sant Jaume and Plaça Mercat will be able to go through. This measure was in fact originally created in 1985 but has never been fully complied with.

The expansion of the Acire of Santa Eulália and the new one for Missió come into effect on 6 September.

In order that there is compliance with these Acire zones, other cameras for reading number plates (already operating in Jonquet, Drassana and Sant Bartomeu) will, from 15 July, be in Sa Calatrava, Santa Eulàlia and the Cathedral. On 1 August the cameras for Sant Jaume and Banc de s'Oli will go up, while those for Constitució and Missió will be ready on 1 October and 15 October respectively.