Heavy traffic, changeable weather expected as Bulgaria heads into March 3 four-day weekend

Heavy traffic, changeable weather expected as Bulgaria heads into March 3 four-day weekend

Sofia, March 2, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Traffic police will be out in force in Bulgaria as the country celebrates a four-day weekend beginning on March 3 2016, with 100 000 vehicles expected to take to the road from Sofia as the holiday begins.

March 3, a Thursday this year, is Bulgaria’s national day. The Cabinet has declared March 4 a special public holiday to make a four-day weekend possible, in turn declaring March 12 a working day to compensate.

Traffic police head Rossen Rabchev said that there would be large-scale checks for speeding, drink-driving, driving licences and whether cars travelling on roads outside cities and towns have mandatory road tax stickers.

Given the expected heavy traffic, a ban has been imposed on heavy vehicles, meaning those of more than 12 tons, using motorways and other major roadways between 4pm and 8pm on March 2.