The Transport Code submitted to Parliament for consideration

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 22.9.2016 14.21
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Ministeri Anne Berner (Photo: Ministry of Transport and Communications)
Ministeri Anne Berner (Photo: Ministry of Transport and Communications)

Transport market regulations will be brought together in a unified act, the Transport Code. Its key aim is to create the preconditions for customer-oriented provision of transport services and digitalisation in transport, and the preconditions for new business models and entrepreneurship. The Transport Code promotes fairness of competition in the passenger transport market and the competitiveness of the service providers of both passenger and goods transport.

The Government submitted the legislative proposal for the Transport Code to Parliament on 22 September.

The Transport Code would enter into force on 1 July 2018. This will allow current operators in the sector enough time to adapt their operations to comply with the new legislation.

The Transport Code will bring together and renew provisions on the transport of passengers and goods. The proposal will change the current state, in which the transport market is strictly regulated and guided by public measures. The Transport Code creates the framework for organising publicly subsidised passenger transportations more efficiently e.g. by taking advantage of digitalisation, combining transportations and different types of equipment. The objective set in the Government Programme is to achieve a 10% saving in publicly subsidised passenger transportation from 2017.

The proposal implements the Government's key projects of creating a growth environment for digital business and improving legal provisions. The Transport Code also facilitates meeting environmental and climate targets by improving the efficiency of transportations.