Družba za avtoceste v Republiki Sloveniji d.d. (DARS d.d.)
(Motorway Company in the Republic of Slovenia)

Ulica XIV. divizije št.4
SLO-3000 Celje

See the statistics (01.01.2014)
See the network (01.01.2013)
 

 

History

In Slovenia motorways have been built since the year 1970 and toll collected since 1973, i.e. immediately after the construction of the first Slovenian motorway, and at that time also the first Yugoslav motorway, from Vrhnika to Postojna.

By the end of 1993, i.e. in 24 years, 198.8 km of two- and four-lane motorways and expressways and 67.5 kilometres of link roads have been built. Additionally in 1993, Republic of Slovenia transferred management and maintenance of all constructed motorways, expressways and access roads to newly established Motorway Company in the Republic of Slovenia – DARS d.d., that began to operate in 1994. Company also assumed the right to collect motorway tolls as a source of income necessary for the management and maintenance of Slovenia's motorway network, as well as an important source for building new ones.

Since the very beginning of the implementation of the National Motorway Construction Programme in the Republic of Slovenia, from 1994 till now, the network being managed and maintained began to expand. Until August 2011, DARS d.d. managed 606,6 km of motorways and expressways.

 

Motorway network operator

DARS d.d. is a joint-stock company, owned by the Republic of Slovenia. Based on the Corporate Governance of State Capital Investments Act (official gazette of RS, N° 38/2010) DARS d.d. is represented by the Capital Assets Management Agency of the Republic of Slovenia.

At the end of 2010 the Motorway Company in the Republic of Slovenia Act (Official Gazette of RS, no. 97/2010-ZDARS-1) entered into force, in accordance with which DARS d.d.:

  • performs special tasks in relation to spatial planning and integrating motorways in the environment as well as tasks in relation to acquiring real property for the requirements of motorway construction in the name of the Republic of Slovenia and for the State’s account;
  • constructs motorways in its own name and for its own account;
  • manages and maintains motorway sections based on granted construction concessions.

By enforcing developmental documents the State maintains strategic supervision over the development of motorways by determining new sections and deadlines for giving to traffic the newly built sections.

ZDARS-1 determines the status, tasks and obligations of DARS d.d. and regulates real right relations in connection to motorways. Under this Act DARS d.d. has been transformed into a concessionaire that takes over all financial obligations, related to the construction of new motorway sections. ZDARS-1 also stipulates that DARS d.d. in the name of the Republic of Slovenia and for its account performs individual tasks in relation to spatial planning and integrating motorways in the environment as well as tasks in relation to acquiring real property for the requirements of motorway construction. The Act also stipulates that DARS d.d. will continue with the constructions of motorways and expressways that have been initiated prior to the entry into force of ZDARS-1, and that it will continue to manage and maintain the existing motorways and expressways in the Republic of Slovenia.

DARS mission is to achieve goals of the owner – the Republic of Slovenia – through the construction, reconstruction, maintenance and management of motorways, thus ensuring safe and efficient and modern mobility of persons and goods in a manner that respects the environment and the quality of life of the local population.

DARS’ vision is to become a business-oriented, successful and market-regulated commercial company for the management of modern infrastructure networks in line with the expectations of users.

DARS d.d. strives for the following basic values:

  • professionalism,
  • transparency,
  • efficiency,
  • innovativeness,
  • responsiveness,
  • user friendliness,
  • respect for employees.

 

Tolling

Slovenia has two toll collection systems:

  • vignette tolling system for vehicles weighing up to 3.500 kg and
  • open and closed tolling system for vehicles weighing over 3.500 kg.

From 1 July 2008 onwards, purchase of a vignette is obligatory for use of a toll road with a vehicle whose permissible maximum weight does not exceed 3,500 kg, regardless of the maximum weight of a trailer.

The open and closed tolling system is designed for vehicles whose maximum allowable weight exceeds 3.500 kg. The toll is paid directly – classically (by payment cards, cash) and electronically (DARS card/DARS card Transporter and ABC tag (only for vehicles of the 4th toll rate category)).

Toll classes  
R3 (1st toll class)

http://www.dars.si/Dokumenti/3_cestninski_sistem/R3.jpg

The vehicles with two or three axles whose maximum permissible weight is over 3,500 kg, and the groups of vehicles with two or three axles whose maximum permissible weight of their trailers is over 3.500 kg.
     
R4 (2nd toll class) http://www.dars.si/Dokumenti/3_cestninski_sistem/R4.jpg
The vehicles with more than three axles whose maximum permissible weight is over 3,500 kg, and the groups of vehicles with more than three axles whose maximum permissible weight of their trailers is over 3.500 kg.

The amount of toll depends on the period of the day during which the transport takes place or on the EURO emission class.

Toll class EURO emission class
R3 (1st toll class) E3 (emission class EURO III) E4 (emission class EURO IV or higher)
R4 (2nd toll class) E3 (emission class EURO III) E4 (emission class EURO IV or higher)

For the vehicle for which the toll road user pays toll by means of an electronic medium by DARS d.d. (DARS Card, DARS Transporter Card or ABC electronic tag) on which EURO emission class E3 for EURO III vehicles or E4 for EURO IV or better vehicles is recorded, the reduced toll is paid.

Future trends

In accordance with the EU Directive and the new action plan adopted by the Government of the RS on 2 June 2011, DARS is planning to establish an electronic toll collection system in the free traffic flow on the entire motorway network.

For further information please visit our web site: www.dars.si.

 

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