Carriers are companies whose main activity is providing transport service in the railway traffic, have a license for providing said services, and provide train haulage. They may also only provide train haulage.
Applicants are carriers or other legal persons that require a train path because they have a public interest (the state, a local community, providers of public services) or a commercial interest (freight carriers, freight forwarders and carriers in combined transport). If the applicants are not carriers, they must conclude a contract with one of the carriers with a valid license and safety certificate to provide transport services in the railway traffic.
In order to provide services in the railway traffic for goods and passengers on the public railway infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia carriers must first obtain a license and a safety certificate, which may apply to the whole network of the Republic of Slovenia or just a part of it. Only carriers that are registered to provide railway transport services in the Republic of Slovenia may apply for a license and a safety certificate.
The Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Railway Transport has the authority to issue licenses and safety certificates in railway transport.
To access the public railway infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia the carrier must have a train path assigned, and a concluded contract with the administrator of the public railway infrastructure on access and billing the usage fee.
Applicants or carriers who have had a train path assigned to them must also receive access on tracks to the facilities and devices that allow for the use of:
- passenger stations, their facilities and other equipment, including the displays of travel information and suitable facilities to sell tickets,
- freight terminals,
- shunting yards and equipment for composing trains, including shunting equipment,
- passing tracks,
- maintenance equipment, including major maintenance equipment for high-speed trains and other types of vehicles that require special equipment,
- other technical equipment, including washing and cleaning equipment,
- equipment at sea ports related to railway activities,
- support equipment, and
- equipment for fuel supply and fuel supply billed separately.