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Slovakia - Driving and Public Transport
Persons who wish to drive their vehicles into the Slovak Republic from other countries in Europe must show authorities the following:
- Valid passport
- Home country driver's license (required)
- International Driving Permit (recommended)
- Vehicle registration documents
- Green Card insurance cover
- Written proof of permission from the vehicle's owner (if borrowed)
- National identity sticker affixed to the rear of the vehicle
- First aid kit
- Tow rope
- Emergency triangle
- Spare tire
In order to register a car in Slovakia you must provide the following:
- Original Vehicle Title (must contain the technical specifications)
- Document showing vehicle was de-registered in your home country
- Documented proof of ownership
- Residence permit
- Certificate of Conformity proving vehicle was made for the EU market
The Slovak Republic requires motorists who wish to use the Slovak toll-road system to purchase a windshield sticker or stamp, which is utilized in lieu of paying road tolls in cash. The toll sticker or stamp is valid for one year. Short-term 15 day permits are also available. There is a substantial fine for not displaying the toll sticker on your windshield. The stickers are available at border crossings, gas stations, post offices and some retail outlets.
Speed limits are strictly enforced with radar. The maximum speed allowed in built-up areas and towns is 60km/h. Outside of urban areas it is 90km/h, and on expressways it is 130km/h.
There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of any alcohol whatsoever.
Seatbelt use is mandatory.
Local transportation options are inexpensive, reliable and convenient. The majority of buses, trolleys and trams operate from 06:00 am until 12:00 midnight. Some begin as early as 04:30 am. 24 and 48 hour passes are available, valid on all buses, trams and trolleys.
Detailed schedules and fare information for public transportation in Bratislava are available in English at http://imhd.sk/ba/index.php?w=&lang=en
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