The Auto-Taxi Association in the Balearics, which represents around 50% of taxis on the islands, is warning that there will be "monumental traffic jams" in Palma this summer.
Speaking at the association's assembly in Algaida on Wednesday, the president Antoni Bauzá drew attention to problems that were evident last summer. "The authorities have not adopted any effective solutions for them," he said, also highlighting the accumulation of roadworks, especially those on the Paseo Marítimo, which will have a "negative" impact, and the arrival of some 100,000 hire cars - a number far higher than last year when there were issues with supply.
On the HOV high-occupancy vehicle lane, he acknowledged that this will be "very beneficial" for taxis but nevertheless envisaged difficulties in going to the airport. He argued that the lane should be in the opposite direction - towards the airport - "which is where there can be real problems".
He went on to criticise Palma town hall's "lack of dialogue" and especially that of the councillor for mobility, Francesc Dalmau. The councillor, he said, has not yet convened the committee for monitoring the high season but has taken measures that affect taxis "without having consulted the sector".
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Zoltan TeglasThat’s good hear. Some official data to corroborate anecdotal observations would be helpful. There are plenty of non-EU tourists here apart from the Brits. American, Canadian, Japanese to name some I’ve met already this year. Should they be excluded too? Introducing more discrimination into a transport policy would give out more of the wrong message than it already does and hijacks the attempts at finding a solution. To succeed in dealing with these issues policies should be inclusive of all stakeholders, not excluding some of them.
Marvin Le MartianAsk anyone who uses the trains - they are far busier now than before. And why should British tourists benefit from free transport paid for from EU funds.
If the public transport system is free for residents and is being funded by European cash why not just make it free for everyone? Tourists included. Putting more buses and trains on too would help. This must surely help with the congestion problems. However, I have seen no figures yet about any increases or otherwise in resident use of the free transport. Transport policy on the island couldn’t be less joined up if they tried.
Jason DI am just here to say that when the project is completed everyone will say how how great it is and they will all enjoy it. How and when the work is carried out is another argument. I bet you were one of those people against the Calle Blanquerna and Calle Nurraduna projects. Or maybe not, as I forgot that a lot people on here think Palma is the paseo marítimo and Santa Catalina and don't know anywhere beyond that.
Zoltan TeglasHey Zoltan, I am here just to say that "I told you so". Remember a few months back I explained to you how this stupid project would cause chaos during the season, it would cause boats to leave the seafront due to noise and dust pollution, it would cause businesses there to lose trade. Well all these things are happening now.
Traffic interesting this has been a problem for Quite some time not really on the island in general but PALMA when you come from the outskirts better get a very early start or your going to have a very long day, April May always a good one with the child or children sitting in the back of the SUV on the way to school as you come into the bumper to bumper traffic as well as all the people who live in the country because they cannot afford Palma prices Poor planning is also to blame the communication and forward thinking regarding all the road works is inexcusable and they will say we did our best anyway it's all to late now the summer is going to be a disaster and Palma is not over flowing with tourists its over flowing with PALMENESE !
And in Palma they should allow all traffic to use the taxi lanes. Why should taxis have their own lanes? Taxis are not public transport, they didn't pay for the roads, everyone did!
There are far to many cars onthis Island. I suspect the same traffic jam problems will occur this year as occurred last year. It will be of further interest to Traffic troubles when Electric Cars are to replace Petrol and Diesel Cars. The Electric are very expensive. If the Petrol and Diesel fuelled vehicles are banned or forced to be stopped from use. Perhaps there will be less traffic problems.
We don't have to wait to summer. Traffic jams are here now