Budaj’s proposal to PROHIBIT the entry of cars to the cottages ZASKOČIL entrepreneurs and mountain guides

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According to local entrepreneurs, a wider discussion is needed in order to completely ban cars from entering Tatra huts.

According to local entrepreneurs, a wider discussion is needed in order to completely ban cars from entering Tatra huts.

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They thus responded to the statement of the Minister of the Environment Ján Budaj (OĽANO), according to which it is impossible for him to meet a commuter car carrying visitors on the way along the sidewalks.

The operator of the cottage and hotel at Popradský pleso and Chaty pod Soliskom Milan Štefánik pointed out that this is a very sensitive topic and came unexpectedly.

Entrepreneurs follow the regulations

“It simply came to our notice then. If we want to solve this with electromobility, it should be noted that a purely electric car with a powerful motor that could supply equipment in the mountains is not currently on the market. There is only a hybrid and it costs a huge amount of money. If the state contributed to it, I have no problem with that. “ stated Štefánik. He also pointed out that there are only three charging stations for electric cars at Štrbské Pleso and none at Popradský pleso.

The road to Popradské pleso is used by cottagers primarily to supply Majlát’s cottage, hotel and also Chaty pod Soliskom. The delivery trucks can pick up the goods until 9 am in the morning and after 5 pm in the evening.

“It simply came to our notice then. If a car shows up there, it’s an undisciplined driver who breaks the ban. Cameras are also installed there, so we can identify him. It was important for us to set up a regime there and it works, “ clarified Stefanik.

He assured that guests who are staying at Popradský pleso or at Chata pod Rysmi do not export by car. “We do have a parking permit, but we don’t want those cars there.” stressed the chatter.

High risk tours

According to the executive director of the High Tatras Tourism Association, Lenka Rusnáková, a complete ban on cars to mountain huts is not the solution either. She told TASR that a broader discussion was needed in this regard.

“We would certainly adopt clearer rules to allow cars to be allowed, as it is true that some visitors are abusing it.” she stated.

Cars are also used by mountain guides who go to Gerlachovský štít with their clients, for example. The chairman of the National Association of Mountain Guides of the Slovak Republic, Jozef Janiga, stated that if this measure also affected them, it would complicate the situation for them.

“In the summer, we can go on hikes only at sunrise, and since the storm activity is already around 12 o’clock, some more time-consuming ascents would be unavailable or highly risky.” explained Janiga, who believes that a compromise can be found in this regard.

Budaj announced that he also wants to discuss with the mountain huts the reduction of the waste they generate. He said this in response to the case of a dead synanthropic bear, adding that even if the state were to provide the funds, such things must be eliminated in a short time.

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