Changes to the agreement between Finland and Russia on road transport

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 22.10.2015 13.50
Press release

Common maximum weight regulations have been proposed for goods transport between Finland and Russia. In addition, new regulations are proposed for taxi transport between Finland and Russia, and for the driving licenses used by Russians in Finland.

The changes will be included in the agreement on road transport between Finland and Russia, and their fulfilment will be laid down by an Act in Finland. The Government is proposing for the implementation of the regulations from the start of 2016. The changes will forward the Government's key deregulation project.

Standardising the maximum weight of vehicles in Finland and Russia will lessen bureaucracy and simplify the supervision of transport.

Before, varying maximum weights has meant difficult and expensive excess weight permit processes on both sides of the border. Permits have also affected the costs of Finnish export since transport costs affect the end price of the product.

In the future, the weight limit for lorries will be 40 tonnes, but for example container transport from ports will be allowed a maximum weight of 44 tonnes. Before, the maximum weight for Russian lorries in Finland, according to Russian regulations, was 38 tonnes without an excess weight permission.

So far, taxi transport between Finland and Russia has not been regulated. In the future, pre-arranged orders for taxi pick-ups from another state would not require any special permits. Conditions for permissible taxi transport would consist of a national taxi permit and a list of passengers with pick-up locations. Also, vehicles will need to have an external sign, such as the light-up taxi signs used nowadays.

So far, Russian drivers have been able to use just an International Driving Permit as a driver's license in Finland. However, the International Driving Permit is not a driver's license per se but a translation of a national driver's license and a tool for supervision, and any changes made to the Permit in Finland, e.g. loss of driving privileges, do not transfer to the actual driver's license. For this reason, Russian drivers will be required to carry a national driver's license.

Further information
Mr Jorma Hörkkö, Senior Government Adviser, tel. +358 295 34 2503