DARS, Motorway Company in the Republic of Slovenia is a joint-stock company. The company was established by law and entered in the companies' register on 7th December 1993. Since 1st January 1994, DARS d.d. has had its head office in Celje and a branch in Ljubljana.
By way of contract on 1st January 1994, the Republic of Slovenia transferred the management of all existing motorways, as well as relevant infrastructure and plant, to DARS d.d. The Republic of Slovenia transferred to DARS d.d. 198.8 km up-to-then built two-lane and four-lane motorways and expressways and 67.5 km of access roads to them. Thus, DARS d.d. has assumed the right to collect motorway tolls as a source of income necessary for the management and maintenance of Slovenia's motorway network, as well as an important source for building new ones.
DARS d.d. in accordance with the new Slovenian Motorways Company Act approved in 2010:
- on behalf of and for the account of the Republic of Slovenia performs individual tasks regarding spatial planning, implementation of motorways into space and tasks related to the acquisition of real-estate needed for the building of motorways;
- on its behalf and for its account implements the building of motorways;
- manages and maintains the motorway sections for which it acquires building concessions.
Since the very beginning of the implementation of the National Motorway Construction Programme (NMCP) in the Republic of Slovenia, from 1st January 1994 till now, 528 km of four-lane, two-lane motorways and other public roads have been built and given over to traffic. In this period we have thus built as many new road tracks as in the previous 24 years, i.e. from 1970 up to the beginning of the implementation of the NMCP in the Republic of Slovenia in the year 1994.
At the moment DARS manages and maintains a total of 606 km of motorways and expressways, 161 km of access roads and 27 km of rest areas.