Driving Licence Act enters into force on 1 July 2018

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 17.5.2018 13.30
Press release
Young woman driving a car (Photo: Rodeo)
Young woman driving a car (Photo: Rodeo)

There will be changes in driver training and driving examinations as of the beginning of July. The legislative amendments will make the use of, for example, new, alternative training and learning methods possible. The number of compulsory lessons will decrease as the focus of the examination will grow. The amendments will apply to licences other than those for driving lorries, buses and coaches.

The Government proposed on 17 May 2018 that the amendments to the Act on Driving Licences be adopted. The President of the Republic is expected to approve the bill on 18 May 2018.

The bill includes two parliamentary statements. Parliament requires that the Government will monitor the implementation of the driving licence amendments, especially regarding road safety and the equitable basis for competition and, if necessary, take measures to correct any distortion in competition.

Parliament also requires that the Government will commission a follow-up study on the implementation and effect of the changes, particularly as regards the effect of the future operating methods in the transport sector on road safety, logistics and professional drivers.

More information on the contents of the reform is available on the website of the Transport Safety Agency, Trafi: https://www.trafi.fi/tieliikenne/haluan_ajokortin/kuljettajantutkinto_uudistuu


Maija Ahokas, Director of Unit, tel. +358 400 316 178

Eija Maunu, Senior Government Adviser, +358 40 716 4140