BENIDORM coach-drivers must switch off their engines if parked for more than three minutes.
Those picking up or dropping off passengers at hotels in central areas with narrow streets habitually keep their engines running, pointed out Benidorm’s Transport councillor, Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Zarate.
“We have had several meetings with hotels, transport companies and residents,” the councillor said, “and the latter highlight the noise and exhaust fumes from these vehicles as one of their principal problems.
As well as being obliged to switch off their engines, the town decided that the stop for coaches in Calle Almendros should be used only if dropping off tourists.
When leaving they should be picked up at the specific coach stops at the Elche park or in Avenida Jaime I.
The town hall also reminded coach companies that neither the Almendros nor the Elche stops could be used for excursions, and vehicles should instead park at Jaime I or the deterrent parking areas.