Benidorm will apply sanctions from 80 euros to vehicles recidivists that access to restricted areas of the old town without authorization
Pedro Moya, the police intendent has said that from next January 2, those vehicles that have not applied the permission since 2010 will be punished.
The penalty will be 80 euros and 40 euros, 50% less, in the case of early payment, "in those recidivist cases", severe cases and people passing through these areas without authorization or justification contained in the list of cases to be allowed access.
After more than two years of "margin of courtesy", the City Council now has understood that a disciplinary procedure has to be initiated. José Bañuls, coordinator for Road Security has stressed that from January 2, 2013 "people who do not have such authorization, which is free, may not enter restricted areas." This authorization may be obtained from the municipal website, www.benidorm.org or at City Hall.
A system that has reduced by 16% the vehicle entrance to the old town, Bañuls reported. "We have achieved a clear goal with this reduction in traffic," he admitted, which is to "protect the environment", "bet on the pedestrian and their quality of life", reducing noise pollution, and allowing "a minor impact on the urban scene. "
Bañuls has also stressed the significant investment the Consistory made years ago, with the financial support of the two Spanish Plan to Stimulate the Economy and Employment of the Government to implement an access control for vehicles, which runs through infrared cameras, bollards and traffic lights.
There are currently over 10,400 vehicles that are discharged into the system, including passenger cars and professionals, all under justification, either because they live in the area, owning a business, pick up people with disabilities or medical emergency or for delivering.
Benidorm has two different models of access control, managed from the local police headquarters. One based on physical systems, as barriers and bollards. The second model controlled by traffic signals.