STA, 7 November 2020 - Heavy lorries will be banned from overtaking on the Slovenian A1 motorway between Šentilj (NE) and Koper (SW) in the daytime as of new year, Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec has announced.
Vrtovec said in a Facebook post that overtaking for heavy lorries would be allowed only on A1 sections with three traffic lanes, adding that the decision had been taken in cooperation with the national motorway company DARS.
"Cargo vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes will be banned from overtaking in the daytime. This will ensure better traffic flow and greater safety," the minister said.
The details are not known yet of the initiative which comes after several similar proposals had been made in the past.
DARS said that heavy lorries are already banned from overtaking during the morning and afternoon rush hours on certain sections of A1, which records the heaviest cargo traffic of all Slovenian motorways.
Overtaking for lorries is completely forbidden in tunnels and motorway interchanges, and also on some ring roads in urban areas, the company said.
These sections are marked with signs and other traffic signalisation, and supervision is performed by the police. The fine for violators is EUR 300.