The use of motorways and express roads is subject to payment in Slovenia. Motorways and express roads, which statistics say are among the safest roads in the country, provide users with a higher level of service and comfort compared to other roads. Toll revenues finance the operation and maintenance of the motorway network. In addition, tolls provide a permanent, stable and long-term source of revenue for the repayment of loans taken out for the construction and renovation of motorways.
Tolls for passenger cars and motorcycles
Since 1 July 2008, the purchase of a toll sticker for vehicles with a maximum permitted weight not exceeding 3 500 kg is compulsory for the use of toll roads, irrespective of the maximum weight of the trailer.
The toll roads subject to tolls for a fixed period of use are all motorways and express roads in Slovenia operated and maintained by DARS. They are specifically identified as such by means of roadside information boards.
A person liable for the payment of tolls may exercise the right to a replacement toll sticker under the provisions of the Tolls Act.
Tolls for goods vehicles and buses
For vehicles with a maximum permitted weight exceeding 3 500 kg, irrespective of the maximum permitted weight of their trailers, tolls are payable on the basis of the distance travelled. These vehicles are classified into two toll classes:
- First toll class: Motor vehicles with two or three axles with a maximum permitted weight exceeding 3 500 kg and combinations of vehicles with two or three axles with a maximum permitted weight of the towing vehicle exceeding 3 500 kg;
- Second toll class: Motor vehicles with more than three axles with a maximum permitted weight exceeding 3 500 kg, and combinations of vehicles with more than three axles with a maximum permitted weight of the towing vehicle exceeding 3 500 kg.
The toll rate for individual sections of toll roads is set, depending on the distance travelled, in the price list for the use of toll roads, which is compiled by DARS and subject to approval by the government.
A toll must be paid for every toll section driven by a vehicle. The toll rate depends on the length of the section and the characteristics of the vehicle, such as the number of axles and the Euro emissions standard applying to the vehicle.
Adjustment of toll rates according to a vehicle’s Euro emissions standard
According to EU guidelines and environmental protection principles, the toll rate may be adjusted to take account of the Euro emissions standard of the vehicle.
Toll for the use of the Karavanke road tunnel
The criteria for classifying vehicles into toll classes, the toll rate for each toll class and the method of payment of the entry toll at the Karavanke South tunnel for use of the Karavanke road tunnel are set by the Regulation on tolls for the use of the Karavanke road tunnel.
European Electronic Toll Service
European Electronic Toll Service (EETS)
European Directive 2004/52/EC on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems in the Community lays down the necessary conditions for ensuring interoperability that must be achieved through the establishment of the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS).
This service complements the national electronic toll systems of EU Member States, and ensures interoperability throughout the Community for users of electronic toll systems introduced by EU Member States and of toll systems to be introduced in the future.
Under the concession contract for the management and maintenance of motorways, DARS, d.d. has the status of operator of the toll system in Slovenia as defined in Directive 2004/52/EC and Decision 2009/52/EC.
On 1 April 2018, DARS introduced a new electronic free-flow toll system for vehicles with a maximum permitted weight mass exceeding 3 500 kg, which complies with electronic toll technology solutions under Directive 2004/52/EC.
In accordance with the provisions of Directive 2004/52/EC and Decision 2009/52/EC, DARS has prepared an EETS domain statement.
EETS register of domains and registered EETS providers
According to Article 19 of Commission Decision 2009/750/EC, an EU Member State is required to set up a national electronic register containing information on the EETS domains within their territory and on EETS providers covered by the register. In the territory of Slovenia, the toll network is the entire network of motorways and express roads operated by DARS, d.d. as the toll roads operator.