A Slovenian public passenger transport management company has been established as part of the current NECP and additional measures in the field of public passenger transport and limiting motorised traffic in cities are included in the draft of the revised Slovenian NECP.
– Draft NECP proposal tends towards demand management, which is a new approach to transport policies in Slovenia (shift away from meeting demand).
– Urban measures that tackle air pollution and mitigate climate change at the same time.
– Public Transport management company established
A public passenger transport management company has been established as part of the current NECP in 2022. At the same time, the draft of the revised Slovenian NECP includes additional measures in this direction – integrated public passenger transport (international ticket), multimodality measures (bike-sharing and car-sharing included in PT service) and measures to limit car traffic in cities (congestion charges in Ljubljana, reorganisation of the road network in cities according to the principles of “superblocks” or “traffic circulation plans” or “selective traffic capacity”, environmental zones), speed limits (110 km/h and 30 km/h).
Demand management is a new approach to transport in Slovenia (shifting away from meeting demand) and is only now coming to the fore as the principles of integrated transport planning are put into practice. The proposal also adds that the state will support cities to reduce car traffic by creating conditions for the introduction of congestion charging, low emission zones (LEZ), speed reduction, etc.
Slovenia will also prepare a national Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in the coming years, which will replace all existing transport strategies. Given the principles that SUMPs must follow, we expect to see more integrated transport planning in the future.
While the establishment of the public transport company is a step in the right direction, so far the company (established in 2022) has no clear work plan and limited staff. Therefore a clear work plan is needed in the coming year, which, in addition to the current issues (compensation for the revision of the public service), will include a plan for the integration of rail transport and a plan for increasing the capacity of public passenger transport.
A lot of work will be needed to effectively tackle emissions in the transport sector in Slovenia. The establishment of a public transport management company, the integration of public passenger transport and a much greater focus on demand management are a great way to tackle air pollution and mitigate climate change at the same time.