Ljubljana’s Hotel Park Gains Green Certification for the Second Time

By , 14 Mar 2018, 11:01 AM Made in Slovenia
Ljubljana’s Hotel Park Gains Green Certification for the Second Time All images from Hotel Park, unless otherwise noted

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Taking sustainability to the next level, without compromising quality. 

March 14, 2018

A few years ago Hotel Park was just another budget hotel in Ljubljana, not far from the museums, galleries, and nightlife of Metelkova, but hardly on anyone’s radar unless they were looking for a cheap room for the night. But all that started to change when the hotel decided to commit to become a green exemplar in the city, with the move nicely timed to coincide with Ljubljana’s year as the European Green Capital of 2016.

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One of the hotel's electric cars

Since then, the hotel has become known for its environmental efforts, as seen in more public activities like its electric cars and rooftop beehives, as well as its work in the local community to promote sustainable lifestyles and business practices, while also raising the standards of its services and satisfying guests who are more interested in the hospitality side of things than saving the planet when on vacation.

I sat down with Enej Vitrih, the Marketing Manager, to hear about the story so far and the latest developments at the hotel.

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A man happy in his work. Photo: JL Flanner

What’s new for 2018?

Well, for this year the most visible change is we redid the restaurant, lobby and conference room. It’s all recycled, from old pallets, but behind the scenes we just found out yesterday that Travelife renewed our certificate for another two years.

What’s that?

Travelife’s a UK organisation, with EU support, and they work to help make the travel and tourism industry greener and more sustainable. They have set of criteria, and if you meet these you can get their certificate. We got it first in 2015, but then every two years they check again. This time they checked 163 criteria in the hotel, 30 more than before, and it’s a really hard certificate to get. [A PDF of the full checklist is here.]

At first I think the management didn’t know what they were getting into, and when Travelife came here we needed to make some investments in the water delivery system, the electricity. But this time the biggest focus was on the community and the employees. So this is the next stage for us, as you always need to improve.

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Working on the roof

What changes are you making?

Well, the first time it was just making some investments, spending money on the inside of the hotel. But this time it was more about reaching out to our first customers, the people who work with us, and spreading the philosophy that way. For example, if we work with a farmer who brings us, say, potatoes, then we need to change his mind so as not to use pesticides.

But I’d say the biggest change in the last two years has been with the staff here, their mindset with regard to the whole idea of being a green hotel, and the way they share that story with our guests. Perhaps the most obvious thing, which everyone who stays here would notice, is what we’ve done with cleaning.

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And what’s that?

It’s default no cleaning. Usually in a hotel you have to ask not to have your room cleaned, but here you ask to have it cleaned. It’s the same idea, but a different way of thinking about it, and hopefully it’s something that people will take away and consider when they stay in another place.

What else is new?

Something that’s very new, it doesn’t actually start until April 1, is a package called “Go‘n’Act Green”. With this you can use an app and see the carbon footprint of your trip. It’s an all-inclusive deal, so you get breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus trips and activities. It’s a three-night package, including using an electric car to go to Bled, and if you can’t drive or don’t have your papers then we organise a driver for you. The idea is that you travel with the lowest carbon emissions as possible, so, for example, you can get a discount if you come here by train. We also have a deal with Avant Car, where you can rent an electric car, a Tesla, or get one with a driver for the airport. It’s a way of getting people to try something new, and maybe change how they travel in future.

What’s been the reaction from guests?

The hotel is huge, 205 rooms, and we don’t expect to change everyone’s mind, or for everyone to come because we’re green, so the most important thing in all this is we don’t disturb people’s stay.

Before we started doing this Hotel Park was known as a budget hotel, and we even had two floors for a hostel. So it was really aimed at people just looking for a cheap place to stay, a bed for 15 euros. Then everything changed. We renewed the rooms, there were more amenities, breakfast was better, and we raised the prices.

We lost some really low-budget customers, but we also gained a lot of fans, which was a surprise. Now it’s the third year, and it’s really paid off. The structure of the guests has changed. We’re a three-star hotel, and we’re green, of course, but we try our best to not to seem like we’re greenwashing.

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Fresh, healthy and locally-sourced food

Is that a problem?

Sure, anyone can get certificate from someone, you just pay two thousand euros and you get something to hang on the wall. But we did it the real way, with a lot more work. We’re now the only place in Ljubljana with the Travelife certificate. Hostel Celica in Metelkova had it, but now they’re closed. Seven other hotels actually applied for the Travelife certification, then when they found out what they had to do they didn’t go through with it, because it’s a big process.

But with us we decided to go all in, all or nothing.

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A conference room

Do you get any government support?

No, not really. We have some for the Go’n’Act Green package, but in general the government doesn’t have a pro-business attitude here. At first we needed to convince the city about what were doing, but then of course Ljubljana was the Green Capital in 2016, and they started sending us visitors and tours, especially to see the beehives.

Beehives?

We have four beehives up on the roof, and so we get about 60 kg of honey a year, and that’s another way to connect with guests. The view is amazing, too. We also connected with schools, and they come here and see the bees. We tell them how important they are, because they pollinate everything. You can’t have pizza without bees, for example. And we also try and change their minds about plastic bags, carbon emissions, and so on.

 

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The hardest working members of the team

And this part of your work reaching out beyond the hotel and its guests?

Yes, and the local community is very important for us, because people often don’t like hotels, as they can cause problems for those living nearby.

But we invite people to come and visit, have a coffee, look around. It doesn’t translate directly into better business, but it’s a feeling that helps. So, for example, if they see a Hotel Park bus parking in front of their home they won’t feel so bad about it. Now we even have people coming to see us and asking for advice, how they can be more ecological, or what they can do to help bees, because other people want to have hives too.

It’s a lot of work, but it pays off.

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A space for locals to chill out and organise events

So what are you working on now?

The next big thing is launching the Go’n’Act Green package in April, and then there’ll be something for Earth Day, April 22. Last year we had Siddharta playing an acoustic concert on the roof. Which was a big thing, because we had to move the bees, and you can’t just move them into a hotel room or put them in the basement. No, you have to move them at least 3 km away, otherwise they just fly straight home.

At the time we only two hives, so we moved those and picked up two more when we brought them back, but this year we don’t want to disturb them. So we won’t have a concert, but there’ll be something. It’ll be chilled and open to the local community, and probably on the roof, so you get a good view.

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How far can you take this green thing without hurting business?

We have to make compromises, it’s true. For example, for breakfast we have milk and other dairy products, and so people tell us about the impact that cows have on the environment. And yes, we know that, but if we remove all the milk and salami then we’d lose 200 guests a day. That’s why we have to change the mindset.

And things like breakfast are very important, a must-have part of the business. This year we’ll be offering the standard American breakfast, but also something more Slovene, and we’re planning on having an Indian breakfast for the Indian food week, because that makes sense in terms of the ingredients and so on. We have a chef from India, not just a cook, and that’s why we offer an Indian menu, from Monday to Saturday, and 3 o’clock on.

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And how’s business been with the changes?

The last three years have been very good, and some of that is of course the general growth Ljubljana’s seen, with a lot more tourists every year. But we also have a story to tell, and we’re not just a hotel in the city. When we go to trade shows and so on we have something interesting and memorable to say, and that helps. We’re something more than the usual hotel.

 You can learn more about Hotel Park’s environmental work, or make a reservation, at the related website.

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Slovenia Traffic Info

  • High traffic congestion is to be expected at the end of the week (Friday, Saturday), especially from Austria to the Slovenian and Croatian coasts. School holidays in Hungary and Croatia have started. Similar traffic congestion is also expected in the opposite direction on Sunday, especially in the afternoon.

    In addition to congestion at border crossing points with Croatia, especially at the Gruškovje border crossing point and border crossing points in Istria, we also expect congestion before the Karavanke tunnel on Saturday and Sunday. 
     

    The Tour of Slovenia, a bike race, will take place until 17 June in five stages at: Lendava - Murska Sobota, Maribor - Rogaška Slatina, Slovenske Konjice - Celje, Ljubljana - Kamnik, Trebnje - Novo mesto. More information at the link.

    Expected construction works and road closures

    We are issuing a warning to drivers to drive carefully around toll booths because there may be occasional traffic congestion due to changed signalisation. Construction works are currently being carried out at toll booths of Log, Postojna and Torovo.

    A1, Ljubljana bypass

    At the Malence split from the eastern to the southern Ljubljana bypassthere will be traffic congestion on the emergency lane up to approx. 13 July 2018 due to construction works.

    A2, Karavanke - Obrežje

    Due to the Tour of Slovenia bike race, the junctions Trebnje - vzhod and Novo mesto - zahod will be closed on 17 June between 11am and 3:30pm.

    A1, Ljubljana - Koper

    Reconstruction works are being carried out at Ravbarkomanda. 

    H4, expressway through the Vipava Valley

    Reconstruction works are being carried out at H4 at the sections Vipava - Ajdovščina and Ajdovščina - Selo. Traffic is being run in both directions on one half of the expressway, one lane for each direction.

    On Friday night (approx. after 8pm) on 15 June, there will be a total weekend closure of the expressway. The full closure will be lifted approx. on Monday, 18 June after 5am. During the construction works, there will be a detour on the parallel road.

    A2, Karavanke - Obrežje

    On Thursday, 14 June, traffic will run at intervals at the Karavanke tunnel between 8am and 4pm, with a 30 minute waiting time before the tunnel. The maximum transport width is 3.75m.

    The Vodice junction will fully open approx. on 20 June, traffic will run on two narrowed lanes in both directions due to the demolition of the Torovo toll booth.

    On Friday, 15 June, express lanes between the Jesenice rest area (N and S) and the Jesenice vzhod junction (Lipce) will be closed due to the closure of passages between the directional lanes.

    Approx. on Tuesday, 19 June, the motorway exit at Lesce in the direction of the Karavanke tunnel will be closed for approx. 6 hours due to the mowing of grass - a detour will be marked via the Radovljica junction.

    A1, Šentilj - Ljubljana 

    At the section Vransko - Blagovica, a wash of Trojane tunnels in the direction of Ljubljana is expected the night of 14 to 15 June from 5pm to 2am.

    At the section Arja vas - Domžale in both directions, a movable blockade of the emergency lane is expected on 15 June from 7:30am to 2pm due to the mowing of the grass.

    At the sections Vransko - Trojane, a full closure of the junctions Vransko and Trojane (entry and exit) is expected in both directions on Friday, 15 June from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm due to the Tour of Slovenia bike race.

    A5, Maribor - Lendava

    At the section Dragučovo and Lenart around the Močna viaduct, the cut & cover Močna and Zamarkova viaduct, there will be recovery works until approx. 15 June 2018. During the total closure, traffic will be run in both directions on one side of the motorway.

    Certain construction works on the main and regional roads

    - At the road Kranjska Gora - Dovje in the Martuljek forest, there is a half closure due to road works.  Alternative one-way traffic is in place.  During weekends, traffic is occasionally run in both ways.
    - Due to the landslide of the road, the regional road Podtabor - Naklo between Bistrica and the motorway junction Naklo remains closed. A detour is possible on the motorway between junctions Naklo and Podtabor. For the remainder of the closure, drivers are not obligated to have a valid vignette between these two junctions.
    - In Ljubljana,the road “Pot za Brdom” will be closed up to 21 June, from the motorway junction Brdo to the crossroads with the road “Pot Roberta Blinca”.Access to Hotel Mons will be possible only from the direction of the bypass.During the closure, drivers are not required to have a valid vignette on the western bypass between the junctions Brdo and Podutik.

    - The road Dolenjske Toplice - Črmošnjice - Črnomelj will be closed in Črmošnjice up to 30 June. A detour for personal vehicles and buses will be made on local roads, heavy vehicles weighting 3.5t and more will have a detour via Novo mesto and Semič.

    - The main road Metlika - Novo mesto will be closed for the weekend because of the race. During this time, a detour for vans and trucks will run through Črmošnjice, which is currently the detour for cars and buses on the local road. The heavy vehicle ban will be temporarily lifted at the detour.

    - On the road Ilirska Bistrica - Jelšane there is a half closure at Dolenje pri Jelšanah, alternative one-way traffic is in place. During increased traffic there will be congestion.

    Overview of other road works at the link: www.promet.si.

    Other events:

    - R2-408, Žiri - Trebija, 15 June from 3pm to 16 June to 1am, complete closure. During the closure, a detour will run on local roads LC 499 201 and LC 496 031 (through the industrial zone) (event).

    - R2-441, Murska Sobota - Gederovci, 15 June from 1am to 11.58pm, complete closure (fair).

    - G2-105, 105 Novo mesto - Metlika, International mountain speed race Gorjanci, 16 June from 7am to 7pm. Complete closure (during the closure traffic will be redirected to state roads R2-419, R1-216 and 1178, R1-218, 1212, 1152 and 1213 and municipality roads.

    - R2-403, Češnjica - Škofja Loka, 16 June from 6:55pm to 7:10pm, complete closure. No detour (running event).

    - In Škofja Loka, there will be some closures in the city centre and its surroundings on Saturday, 16 June (running event).

     - R3-614, Komen - Štanjel, 16 June from 10 to 17 June until 8am, complete closure. During the closure, traffic will be redirected to the state road R3-618 and municipality roads (public holiday).

    - R3-697, Nazarje - Gornji Grad, 17 June from 10am to 12pm for 30 minutes (2x), complete closure, no detour (running marathon).

    - R2-448, Pluska - Trebnje, 17 June from 9:05am to 9:30am (bike race).

    - R1-218, Črnomelj, 21 June from 9am to 25 July to 12pm, complete closure. During the closure, traffic will be redirected to state roads R1-216 section 1178 and 1393, R1-218 section 1213 and 1152, and municipality roads (folklore festivalJurjevanje”).

    Prevention

    We ask drivers to exercise caution due to the mowing of grass and other road works on the various sections of motorways and expressways within the activities of regular annual maintenance Works.

    Driving at too short of a safety distance is statistically one of the most frequent causes of traffic accidents (327 traffic accidents occurred in 2016 on Slovenian expressways and motorways due to the inappropriate safety distance). More at the link.

    Freight traffic limits

    Limiting freight traffic and groups of vehicles whose maximum permissible weight exceeds 7.5 tonnes will be changed on Saturday, 23 June as per the Decree on traffic limitations on roads in the Republic of Slovenia.  More at the link.

    Weather

    Data obtained from ARSO suggests that in the night of Thursday we may expect frequent thunderstorms and local heavy rainfall. Stronger winds, hail, an increase of torrents and the build-up of storm water may also occur. Interchangeable weather is expected from Sunday to Friday, there will be local showers and thunderstorms. We urge drivers to exercise caution and drive safely during thunderstorms. 

    Traffic information

    Before you set off, check the traffic information via:
    - the website at www.promet.si,
    - PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),
     - mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - monitoring traffic information on radio stations.

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive.

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  • The first significant increase in foreign vehicles driving on Slovenian roads before the main summer tourist season is during the Easter holidays.

    We are therefore expecting increased traffic at the end of this week from Austria and Italy in the direction of the border crossings with Croatia and from Italy to Hungary.

    Holidays in certain parts of Europe start on Thursday, 29 March; therefore, we may expect increased traffic from Austria in the direction of Croatia. On Thursday, we also expect heavy freight traffic and long waiting lines at the border crossings with Croatia.
     

    Roads will be heavily burdened on Friday, 30 March. Heavy congestions can be expected on the Lower Carniola motorway at Dobruška vas due to construction works.
     

    Due to the end of the holidays in most European countries, traffic will be significantly increased in the opposite direction on Monday, 2 April, and Tuesday, 3 April. 


    The electronic tolling system is being implemented on 1 April and short road closures are to be expected during the night.

    When and where there will be the most traffic based on data from previous years: info.


    You can view the travel times on certain sections live on the website of the Traffic Information Centre at www.promet.si.

    Limitations for freight traffic

    Please note that limitations for freight traffic in Slovenia also apply on Easter Friday and later on Sunday and Monday. There will be no limitations in Slovenia on Saturday.

    You can view limitations in Slovenia and in neighbouring countries here.

    Expected construction works and road closures


    A2, Ljubljana - Obrežje

    A full road closure is expected in the Dobruška vas - Drnovo section until 21 May, which will be carried out in five stages. Traffic shall run on the other half of the motorway in both directions. Due to the full closure of the section, the Smednik junction will host temporary passage. Due to the closure of junction sections A and B at the Smednik junction (the expected start of the construction works is at the beginning of April), a detour will run on state-owned roads. The Zaloke jug rest area will be closed for the duration of the closure.

    A2, Ljubljana - Karavanke

    From Monday, 16 April to Thursday, 19 April from 8am to 4pm there will be maintenance works in the Karavanke tunnel.
    Traffic will run at intervals with waiting times at each end of the tunnel of up to 30 minutes. The maximum transport width is 3.5m.   à

    A1. Ljubljana - Koper, H4, Vipavska dolina

    As part of adjusting the toll booths for the DarsGo system, there will be a full half hour closure of the Divača - Kozina section on Monday, 2 April between 12am and 1am due to the removal of the signalisation at the CP Videž gantry. There will be a short closure of the Gabrk - Sežana vzhod section on Tuesday, 3 April between 4am and 6am due to the removal of the signalisation at the CP Dane gantry. Traffic will also occasionally be hindered outside the listed dates.

    Within the next phase of a more extensive renovation of the Vipava expressway, the worn roads in certain sections of the Vipava-Ajdovščina and Ajdovščina-Selo expressway in the total length of 7.7km will be renewed in each direction. The contractor will begin the renovation works as soon as the weather allows for it or after the end of the winter service on the motorways and expressways at the latest, most probably in the last third of March.

    A1 Maribor - Ljubljana, A5 Maribor - Lendava

    On the night of 1 April, traffic will be hindered at toll booths on the A1 at CP Vransko, CP Kompolje and CP Pesnica, on the A5 at CP Dragotinci, and on the A4 at CP Prepolje due to the implementation of the new traffic signalisation. CP Vransko will also have a half hour full closure in both directions at around midnight.

    Due to road patching works, traffic will be hindered at CP Vransko on Saturday, 31 March. 

    From Tuesday, 3 April to Saturday, 7 April, road patching works will commence on the A5 motorway at Vučja vas, Murska Sobota.
    On Saturday, 7 April, lines will be painted for the toll booths on the Styria motorway, while road patching works at CP Tepanje will commence on Sunday, 8 April.

    Prevention

    We are already seeing bikers on our roads and numerous national prevention initiatives to increase the safety of bikers are already taking place. The purpose of the initiatives is to make bikers aware of the importance of preparing appropriately at the start of the biker season, of wearing protective gear, of unexpected situations on the roads and of other participants in road traffic. More can be found at the link bikers.

    Speed as a risk factor remains one of the main reasons for traffic accidents and is an important contributor to the severity of consequences and the number of people severely or mortally injured in these accidents. Therefore we urge you to be attentive and to adjust your speed to the conditions on the road!

    Traffic information

    We suggest that you check the status of the roads using:
    - the website www.promet.si,
    - the PIC operator by dialling 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or the responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),
    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - the social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - the traffic information on radio stations.

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roadswishes you a pleasant and prudent drive.

     

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  • We are expecting traffic congestions in the direction of the Croatian border from Friday, 23 March due to holidays in Austria and a larger part of Germany.

    Increased traffic is expected in the A2 Ljubljana - Karavanke due to an event in Planica.

    Due to the Easter holidays, there will also be increased traffic at the end of next week. Heavy congestion is expected on Thursday, 29 March, and Friday, 30 March at the Obrežje border crossing.

    Expected construction works

    A2 Ljubljana – Obrežje

    A full road closure is expected in the Dobruška vas - Drnovo section from 22 March to 21 May, which will be carried out in five stages. Traffic shall run on the other half of the motorway in both directions. Due to the full closure of the section, the Smednik junction will host temporary passages. The Smednik junction is expected to be closed from the start of April in the direction of Obrežje/Croatia. The Zaloke jug rest areawill be closed for the duration of the closure.

    A2 Karavanke – Ljubljana

    Due to the installation of a supporting frame on an overpass, where a bike lane is to be established, a full closure of the motorway in both directions between the junctions Kranj vzhod and Brnik is expected in the night from Tuesday, 27 March to Wednesday, 28 March, depending on the weather conditions. During the closure, traffic will be directed via Šenčur.

    A1 Ljubljana - Koper, H4 Razdrto – Nova Gorica, H3 Gabrk – Fernetiči/Italy

    A closure is being set up on the H4 between the Vipava and Selo junctionsin both directions; the express lane is closed. Within the next phase of the more extensive renovation of the Vipava expressway, the worn roads in certain sections of the Vipava-Ajdovščina and Ajdovščina-Selo expressways with a total length of 7.7km will be renewed in each direction. The contractor will begin the renovation works as soon as the weather allows or after the end of the winter service on the motorways and expressways at the latest.

    There are also preparatory works for the renovation of the second half of the Ravbarkomanda viaduct on the A1 in the Unec-Postojna section.

    Traffic will run on one lane in the direction of Koper until Friday, 23 March at around 3pm and during the night from Saturday (at around 7pm) to Sunday (up to 8am). The express lane in the direction of Ljubljana will be closed from Saturday, 24 March from 7pm to Sunday, 25 March at around 4pm. Following the completion of these works, traffic in both directions will run on two narrowed lanes.

    On Saturday, 24 March, there will be remediation works on the asphalt in the ABC lane of CP Log in the direction of Koper from 7am onward. The ABC lane will be closed until approx. 6pm. Traffic will run in the parallel lane.

    A1 Maribor – Ljubljana

    Due to the patching up of asphalt surfaces, traffic will be hindered on 25 March in the area of the Kompolje toll booth.

    Events, projected closures

    During the international ski jumping event in Planica from 22 March to 25 March, the Kranjska Gora - Rateče regional road will have a changed traffic regime, which can be accessed here. The changed traffic regime will be in effect from 22 March from 10am to 25 March until 4pm.

    Weather

    Based on the data from ARSO, we will be having variable weather until April. Morning temperatures will be around freezing point. There is a danger of avalanches on roads in higher regions.

    Prevention

    Do not rush to change your winter tyres. Please see the advice from the police here.

    In the springtime, we expect frequent fog and precipitation and therefore low visibility. We are therefore reminding drivers that using daytime running (LED) lights is not sufficient. The back of the vehicle remains unlit and there is a higher chance of a collision. We therefore advise drivers to activate their regular lights during the low visibility, which will make their vehicles visible from the rear as well. You are thus more visible on the road and, consequently, safer.  

    The DarsGo system

    On 1 April 2018, Slovenia will implement the toll system in free traffic flow named DarsGo, which will be mandatory for all vehicles whose maximum permissible weight exceeds 3.5 tonnes (heavy vehicles). Note: goods vehicles will still need to drive on special lanes at toll booths even after 1 April. These vehicles, however, will no longer be required to stop and will only drive past the booth at the prescribed speed. Please have a look at the short animation here: youtu.be/ifJ7qVrBMaE.

    Heavy vehicle drivers can register in the DarsGo system at www.darsgo.si or at user points (‘DarsGo servis’ customer centres) throughout the country.

    Traffic information:

    Before you set off, check the traffic information through:

    - the website www.promet.si,

    - the PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),

    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,

    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),

    - the traffic information on radio stations.

     

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive

     

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  • Traffic problems due to snow are expected at least in the middle of te week. We advise drivers to carefully monitor weather forecasts and check the traffic information before setting off.

    Due to Mardi Gras events, roadblocks and road closures are expected until Ash Wednesday, 14 February.

    Expected construction works

    Primorska

    In the area MMP Vrtojba, the driving lane is closed due to the cave-in of a concrete road surface.

    After snowing has stopped, the maintenance services will carry out their winter tasks and remove ice dams and snow from overpasses. Therefore, we ask drivers to be patient.

    Weather

    According to ARSO, Wednesday will be cloudy with precipitation. There will be snow in central Slovenia and rain in the lower parts of Primorska. Thursday will be cloudy, there will be slight snowfall in the south and east in the morning. Friday will be mostly cloudy and dry. It will remain cold. Further precipitations are possible on Monday afternoon. It is expected that there will be snowfalls in the lowlands. Precipitations are still possible on Thursday, a dry weather is expected for Wednesday and partly Thursday, the probability of precipitations will again increase towards the end of the week.

    Events

    Due to Mardi Gras events, traffic will be disrupted in several places, roadblocks are expected in certain places. The larger portion of events will be organised at the end of the week, some even by Wednesday, 14 February.

    Larger events: Ptuj, Majšperk, Cerknica, Cerkno, Mežica, Ravne na Koroškem, Bovec, Ilirska Bistrica, Ig, Litija, Begunje, Tržič, in some parts of Prekmurje and Istra.  

    The European championship in futsal will take place by 10 February at the Stožice stadium.

    Prevention

    We advise drivers to follow traffic notifications and set off on time or somewhat earlier; while postponing unnecessary drives in the case of heavy snowfall. Slower traffic must be taken into consideration, especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours. “Do not leave home without adequate winter equipment!”

    Avalanches are possible in higher areas. We are also warning drivers about the possibility of mandatory snow chains on mountain passes.

    During the week of warning for the safety of pedestrians, we are joining in the support for this initiative by warning drivers that they are not safe when they stop in the emergency lane. If you need to stop in the emergency lane, ensure you are safe.

    Traffic information:

    Before you set off, check the traffic information through:

    - the website www.promet.si,

    - the PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),

    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,

    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),

    - the traffic information on radio stations.

     

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive

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  • Due to fallen trees, landslides, and floods, many roads remain closed. Because variable weather is expected, the state will not improve soon. We would like to warn drivers to progress carefully at low temperatures, especially on shaded parts of overpasses, bridges, and road sections. There is a possibility of black ice occurring on those sections. 

    Truck drivers may expect trucks to be removed from the road during heavy snowfalls.

    Increased traffic around shopping centres may be expected even before the holidays. Freight traffic is increased, as well as the congestion at morning and afternoon peak hours. Holidays in Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, part of Germany, Slovakia, and Hungary shall begin on 21.12., due to which there will be increased traffic from Thursday to Sunday from Italy to Hungary and from Austria (Germany, Switzerland) towards Croatia.

    Expected construction works

    No major construction works are planned for the highway network, occasional short maintenance works are being carried out. Due to the weather forecast, you may expect plough services on the highway network; please do not overtake them for your own safety. 

    A4, Podravje highway

    Vignettes must be used at the junction Draženci - Podlehnikup to the junction Podlehnik. Drivers may still drive on the section Hajdina - Draženci without a valid vignette, but only those who are using the detour due to the closure of the Ptuj bridge. The bridge will remain closed until mid-September 2018.

    Closures on other roads

    Due to the storm and disaster relief, numerous roads remain closed (felled power lines, felled trees, landslides, damaged facilities, floods). You may view the current state at www.promet.si.

    Weather

    Forecast from 16. to 21.12.

    Based on the data provided by ARSO, precipitation shall cease on Saturday, after which rain will turn to snow in certain lowland areas. In the coming week, from Sunday to Thursday, there will be partly clear and dry weather, fog will be present in the lowland areas in the morning and before noon. We expect another increase of river flows at the end of the week and new road closures due to floods.

    News

    On 1.4.2018, the Republic of Slovenia shall implement modern electronic tolling for vehicles whose mass exceeds 3.5 tonnes (heavy vehicles) in free traffic flow, named DarsGo. DARS has already established seven user points (the so-called ‘DarsGo servis’ customer centres) and began registering the first users of the new tolling system. These may also register on the website at www.darsgo.si and it is estimated that at the beginning of 2018, they will also be able to register at authorised service stations near the highway network. Transport companies are asked to register into the DarsGo system as soon as possible and acquire the DarsGo units and thus avoid the long waiting lines and high fines should they enter the highway or motorway without a valid DarsGo unit.

    Traffic information:

    Before you set off, check the traffic information through:

    - the website www.promet.si,

    - the PIC operator on the number 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or responder 080 22 44 (free of charge),

    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,

    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),

    - the traffic information on radio stations.

     

    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive.

     

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  • Due to the ever-decreasing temperatures, the driving conditions are worsening. Snowfalls are possible in the coming week, therefore we would like to ask all drivers to only drive on the roads with the prescribed winter equipment, to respect the traffic signs, to remain tolerant and to adjust their driving to the conditions. Drivers should not overtake snow clearance vehicles because they are endangering their own safety and the safety of other road users.

    Expected construction Works 

    Primorska region, A1

    The construction blockage in the area of the Ravbarkomanda viaduct will be removed on 10 December when construction works on the object are complete.

    Štajerska region, A1

    The gas station at the Lukovica rest point in the direction from Maribor will be closed until the end of the year.

    Hindered traffic is expected at the Lopata rest point in the direction of Ljubljana. It is estimated that works will be completed by 22 December.

    Podravje highway, A4

    The Podravje highway Draženci - Podlehniksection has been opened to traffic. In accordance with the placed signs, drivers will need vignettes to drive on the section up to the Podlehnik junction. Drivers may still drive on the Hajdina - Draženci section without a valid vignette, but only those who are on the official detour due to the closure of the Ptuj bridge.

    Due to closures on some other roads we suggest careful driving.

    Note: The time of the expected works may be changed due to weather, technical or other reasons. Updated changes shall be published on our map and in our traffic report at www.promet.si.   

    Events in the festive December

    We are in the festive month December. Various places, city centres, markets, streets and towns will be holding events, among them fairs, switching on lights and other events. The festive December events connect different generations and attract a large number of visitors from various places. We urge all visitors to plan their trips to such events and consider their parking possibilities. We also urge them to be cautious and attentive, especially on traffic surfaces, and to ensure their own personal safety. We are also issuing a warning on the possibility of highly dense traffic in the directions of these events.

     

    Prevention

    During the winter months, the weather conditions are unpleasant (fog, rain, snow) and the days are shorter. In order to be safe in traffic, we recommend that you ensure you are visible by wearing reflective clothing or visible light-coloured clothing, and we urge drivers to adjust their driving to the conditions on the road.  Considering that we are expecting variable weather, including rainfall and then snowfall or a combination of fog, rain, snow and low temperatures, we recommend that you equip your vehicle with appropriate equipment and adjust your driving to the weather conditions.

    Drivers may also expect icy surfaces in exposed areas, and freight vehicle drivers may be excluded from traffic in the event of large amounts of snow and snow clearance vehicles, therefore we recommend that you consider all these facts before you set off, adjust your driving to the conditions on your journey and follow the weather forecasts. We recommend that you take preventive chains with you at higher roads.

    Traffic information:
    Before you set off, check the traffic information using:

    - the website promet.si,
    - the PIC operator on 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or the responder on 080 22 44 (free of charge),
    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - social media (Twitter@promet_siand www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - the traffic information on radio stations.

    NEW: Vignettes for 2018, on sale from 1st December 2017 onwards

    Information about authorised vendors of Slovenian vignettes
    ► Toll user centre Grič 54, 1000 Ljubljana / Tel.: 080 15 03 ali +386 1 5188350 (Information about vignettes and toll for trucks)
    ► Vignette system and roads Information about motorways sections with the mandatory use of vignettes

     
    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roadswishes you a pleasant drive and end of the year.

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  • Due to the ever-decreasing temperatures, the driving conditions are worsening. Snowfalls are possible in the coming week, therefore we would like to ask all drivers to only drive on the roads with the prescribed winter equipment, to respect the traffic signs, to remain tolerant and to adjust their driving to the conditions. Drivers should not overtake snow clearance vehicles because they are endangering their own safety and the safety of other road users.

    Expected construction Works 

    Central Slovenia
    Due to emergency maintenance, construction works are expected during Friday night, 23/24 November between 8.30 pm and 5 am in the left tube of the Šentvid tunnel in the direction of Kranj, on the Koseze - Šentvid section. Complete road closure is expected. There will be a detour along the northern Ljubljana bypass and through Celovška cesta back to the A2 highway. 

     

    Primorska region
    During Friday night, 23/24 November, a short-term complete road closure is expected without a detour between 10pm and 11pm on the H6 Koper-Izola motorway, Koper section (Škocjan - Semedela) near the Slavček junction in the direction of Izola, and on the Koper (Semedela) - Izola section before the Semedela junction in the direction of Koper.

    On Saturday, 25 November, closure of the left traffic lanes on the Postojna - Unec section in the direction of Ljubljana and Koper for 500m is expected between 5am to 11am due to the placement of a concrete protection fence. Due to the removal of ground signs in the area of the Unec viaduct, one traffic lane will be closing alternately.

    During Friday night, 23/24 November, the overtaking lane and the traffic lane on the Vrhnika - Logatec section in the direction of Koper will be closed between 8.30pm and 5am. Traffic in the direction of Koper will be redirected onto the slow lane for 400 m.

    The construction blockage in the area of the Ravbarkomanda viaduct will be removed on 10 December when construction works on the object are complete.

     

    Štajerska region
    The gas station at the Lukovica rest point in the direction from Maribor will be closed until the end of the year. The rest point remains open.

    Hindered traffic is expected at the Lopata rest point in the direction of Ljubljana. Sanitation works on the liquid transfer platform are being carried out at the Lopata sales point in the direction of Ljubljana. Gas pumps are operating with reduced capacities, for both personal and freight vehicles. It is estimated that works will be completed by 22 December.

     

    Podravje highway A4
    The Podravje highway Draženci - Podlehnik section has been opened to traffic. In accordance with the placed signs, drivers will need vignettes to drive on the section up to the Podlehnik junction. Drivers may still drive on the Hajdina - Draženci section without a valid vignette, but only those who are on the official detour due to the closure of the Ptuj bridge. More in the news.

     

    Closures on some other roads
    On the road R3-641, Ljubljanica - Ljubljana (Dolgi most - km 9.550 - 10.660), a complete road closure is expected on Saturday, 25 November between 7 am and about 5 pm. A detour is possible on the Ljubljanica - Lj. (Dolgi most), Gorenja vas – Ljubljanica and the local Dobrova – Horjul roads.

    Cesta Vodice – Moste (Kamniška cesta in Vodice) will remain closed until approx. 30 November. A detour for vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes will follow the Vodice - Spodnji Brnik - Moste regional road while a detour for vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes will be on the highway through the Brnik - Spodnji Brnik - Moste junction.

    On Saturday, 2 December, protection, rescue and help exercise named “Predor Sten 2017” will be carried out in the Sten tunnel in Škofja Loka between 4 pm and 8 pm. The Sten tunnel will be closed in both directions and traffic will be redirected through Spodnji trg in Škofja Loka. 

    Note: The time of the expected works may be changed due to weather, technical or other reasons. Updated changes shall be published on our map and in our traffic report at www.promet.si.   

     

    Events
    We are entering the festive month. Various places, city centres, markets, streets and towns will be holding events, among them fairs, switching on lights and other events. The festive December events connect different generations and attract a large number of visitors from various places. We urge all visitors to plan their trips to such events and consider their parking possibilities. We also urge them to be cautious and attentive, especially on traffic surfaces, and to ensure their own personal safety. We are also issuing a warning on the possibility of highly dense traffic in the directions of these events.

    On Friday, 24 November, increased traffic is expected in Podkoren and the surrounding area due to the event “Fire spectacle, arrival of the devils of the three lands”, especially in the evening after 5.30 pm.
    Weather
    There will still be dry weather on Friday. On Saturday, precipitation is expected in west Slovenia, which will extend to the entire country during the night and into Sunday. It will be colder and the snow line will be descending. On Monday and Tuesday, it will be mainly dry and very clear. On Wednesday and Thursday, the probability of precipitation will again be higher and occasional snowfalls on the plains may be expected in the northern part of Slovenia.

     

    Prevention
    During the winter months, the weather conditions are unpleasant (fog, rain, snow) and the days are shorter.
    In order to be safe in traffic, we recommend that you ensure you are visible by wearing reflective clothing or visible light-coloured clothing, and we urge drivers to adjust their driving to the conditions on the road.  Considering that we are expecting variable weather, including rainfall and then snowfall or a combination of fog, rain, snow and low temperatures, we recommend that you equip your vehicle with appropriate equipment and adjust your driving to the weather conditions.

    Drivers may also expect icy surfaces in exposed areas, and freight vehicle drivers may be excluded from traffic in the event of large amounts of snow and snow clearance vehicles, therefore we recommend that you consider all these facts before you set off, adjust your driving to the conditions on your journey and follow the weather forecasts.
     

    Peculiarities abroad
    The Grand Saint Bernard tunnel on the SS27/21 or E27 road between Italy and Switzerland will remain closed until approx. the end of November 2017. A detour through the mountain pass is possible for personal vehicles, and through the Mont Blanc tunnel for freight vehicles. The tunnel is closed due to repairs to damage caused by a traffic accident.
    More information at http://www.acrossthealps.eu/si/ and http://www.letunnel.eu/homepage.asp?l=3

     

    Traffic information:
    Before you set off, check the traffic information using:

    - the website promet.si,
    - the PIC operator on 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or the responder on 080 22 44 (free of charge),
    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - social media (Twitter@promet_siand www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno),
    - the traffic information on radio stations.
     
    The Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant drive.

    Dragomelj, 23.11.2017

     

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  • Traffic forecast until 17 November 2017

    The drivers are asked to prepare their vehicles in a timely fashion for winter conditions in accordance with the Road Traffic Safety Act (ZVCP). There are winter conditions already present on some roads in higher elevation areas. Due to the decreasing temperatures, the conditions for driving are worsening, and the drivers should also pay attention to the road closures. 


     
    Expected works 

    Primorska 

    The renovation works on the A1 motorway section between Unec and Postojna are in the final phase and will be finished in this year’s construction season approximately to 20.11.2017. View over the virtual closure of the 6th phase is available. 

    They will start removing the closure on the route in the beginning of the week; however, in the area of the Ravbarkomanda viaduct, the closure will remain until the end of November due to concluding works on the structure deck. In the time of closure removing, the traffic will be additionally hindered, there are traffic hold-ups foreseen, therefore, the drivers are asked to remain patient.

    Gorenjska 

    The renovation works on the A2 motorway between the junctions Jesenice zahod (Hrušica) and Jesenice vzhod (Lipce) are in the final phase. In the following days, the traffic will already be organized on the both motorway sides, but only on the driving lanes, the overtaking lanes will remain closed due to the concluding works. The closure will be completely removed approximately by 11.11.2017. 

    Štajerska 

    Between Blagovica and Vransko towards Maribor, a complete motorway closure is foreseen from Saturday, 11.11., from 9 p.m., to Monday, 13.11., to 6 a.m., due to the regular maintenance works. The redirection will be organised on the parallel road: Blagovica - Trojane - Vransko.

    Change of section Draženci - Gruškovje

    The motorway part Draženci - MMP Gruškovje will be upgraded in the following weeks with the opening of the section Draženci - Podlehnik. The traffic will be redirected from the existing G1-9 Draženci - Jurovci - Gruškovje to the motorway. More information available on link Draženci - Gruškovje

    Closures on some other roads

    Current information on the possible transport over the Vršič pass is available on the website promet.si

    The road Mojstrana - Vrata is closed due to winter conditions. The traffic is possible to the Peričnik waterfall. 

    The road Vodice - Moste (Kamniška cesta in Vodice) is closed until approximately 30.11. The diversion for vehicles under 7.5 t is on the regional road Vodice - Spodnji Brnik - Moste, for vehicles above 7.5 t on the motorway via junction Brnik - Spodnji Brnik - Moste.

    The road Bevško - Trbovlje in Trbovlje is closed on Vodenska cesta due to road renovation. The detour is organised on the local roads. 

    There is a complete closure on the regional road Lesce - Bled on Alpska cesta by the crossroads towards the Maintenance base due to the roundabout construction. The two-way detour is organized next to the construction site. There are delays during peak hours.  

    Note: The time of the aforementioned estimated works can change due to weather, technical or other reasons. Current changes are posted on the map and in the traffic report on www.promet.si.  

    Events

    Due to run, there are the following closures foreseen in Sežana and surroundings: short-time complete closures: from 10.50 to 11.50 on roads R2-445, Sežana - Fernetiči and RT-934, Sežana - Lipica. Complete and partial closure: from 11.15 to 13.00 on the road RT-934, Sežana - Lipica. 

    Due to walk from Litija to Čatež, there will be an increased and hindered traffic in Litija, Šmartno pri Litiji and Čatež on 11.11.2017, between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. In Litija, a part of Valvasor trg and Levstikova ulica will be closed, as well as Litijska cesta in Šmartno pri Litiji. 

    Weather forecast

    Changeable weather is predicted for the weekend, on Friday and Sunday also some sun; from Sunday on, cloudy weather, some fog or low clouds in the lowlands in the morning and until noon. During the night to Monday, the precipitation will increase and spread across the entirety of Slovenia. It will get colder, the range of snowfall will drop to around 500 m above sea level. On Monday morning, the precipitation will stop, at the latest in the southern Slovenia. The northern wind and bora wind in the Primorska region will start blowing. 

    Winter equipment

    The drivers are advised to prepare their vehicles in a timely fashion in accordance with the Road Traffic Safety Act (ZVCP), namely the motor vehicles and Trailers in Slovenia must be equipped with obligatory winter equipment in the winter time (from 15.11. and 15.3. of the following year) and in winter conditions. Winter conditions on the road or its part are when during snowing, the snow remains on the road surface or when the road surface is covered with snow, ice or glazed frost. 
     

    Slovenia with 0.0 alcohol


    During the activity 0.0 driver until 12 November, police officers will perform stricter controls of the physical and mental fitness of drivers across Slovenia. 


    Traffic information: 

    Before you start your journey, check the traffic information through:

    - the website promet.si
    - the PIC operator by calling 1970 (the number is not free of charge) or the automatic responder on 080 22 44 (free of charge),
    - the mobile application DarsPromet+,
    - social media (Twitter @promet_si and www.facebook.com/Vozimo.pametno), 
    - the traffic information on radio stations.
     
    Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads wishes you a pleasant journey. 

    Dragomelj, 9.11.2017


     

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  • Carrying out of winter service starts from the 15 November of the current year to 15 Marchof the following year, that is, during the period when normal traffic is at risk due to winter conditions (snow, glazed frost, low temperatures, etc.). During this period drivers can only set off using vehicles with mandatory winter tires. The latter equipment is mandatory also in case winter circumstances occur before the 15 November or persist after 15 March.

    Before driving, drivers must make sure that there is not any snow, ice, water or other substances which could affect vehicles' characteristics during driving. Vehicle glass and rear-view mirrors must be cleaned.
     
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