Slovenia: motorway rest area stays limited to 25 hours
DARS, the entity that manages Slovenia's motorway network, has announced that HGVs and coaches will only be able to stay in rest areas for a maximum of 25 hours.
In a statement published earlier this week, DARS said it wants to give bus and truck drivers “the rest they need to practice their profession safely and healthily.” DARS added that the number of parking spaces at motorway rest areas is limited, therefore drivers should not “occupy them unnecessarily”.
As DARS points out, Slovenia’s new law on road traffic rules also regulates the parking of vehicles at rest areas on motorways and express roads as follows:
- Buses and lorries with a maximum permissible weight of over 3,500 kg may be parked in marked parking spaces for a maximum of 25 hours. The only exception to this is when truck bans are in force. A fine of €300 applies for drivers who are caught overstaying, while the person legally responsible for the truck will be fined €1,000.
- Drivers must visibly marks the time and date of the start of parking on the inside of the windscreen (for example: 17.18, 25.11.2021). A fine of €150 applies to those that fail to do so.
Toll inspectors will be conducting checks in order to monitor compliance with the rules. The inspectors are also currently handing out information leaflets to HGV drivers to spread awareness of the rule changes.