Minister Berner: Interoperability of different modes of transport to be included in Transport Code

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 19.12.2016 11.43
Press release

The Transport Code project, which concerns the regulation of the transport market, has now entered its second phase. In addition to road transport, the Transport Code will now also include shipping, rail transport and aviation.

According to Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner, the purpose of the second phase is to promote the interoperability of different modes of transport and, in this way, make it easier to form travel chains and make these available to customers.

"In order for mobility as a service to be a possibility, it is essential that the different parts of the transport system are seamlessly interoperable. Regulations that apply to aviation, shipping and railroad markets and transport services are now being collected under the Transport Code, in a manner that ensures they form a cohesive entity with the road transport regulations included in the first phase of the Transport Code," Minister Berner states.

The key objective is to simplify the implementation of new innovations, digitalisation and automation as well as the realisation of the MaaS concept. The project will be built on market-based activities as well as services that are affordable, of high quality, and effectively produced and meet with the needs of users.

The aim is to make especially the data related to the transport system available to transport system customers, service providers and authorities as openly as possible, enabling the production of added value.

"The data related to the transport system and its openness are of fundamental importance to the MaaS concept. The objective of the second phase of the Transport Code is to improve the prerequisites for the digitalisation of transport services and the utilisation of data. For this reason, it is imperative to standardise and, where necessary, establish regulations for the utilisation of new data.

The first stage of the Transport Code is presently being heard in Parliament. Minister Berner emphasises that also preparation of the second phase will be open and interactive.

The second phase has commenced with transport mode-specific stakeholder events, which will continue this week. These events will be streamed live online and will also be uploaded on the ministry's website for later viewing. Additionally, the ministry has prepared an assessment memorandum on questions that will be examined.

Further Information

Olli-Pekka Rantala, Director-General, Data Department, tel. +358 50 344 3400

Ministerial Adviser Susanna Metsälampi, tel. +358 50 593 1257