Vienna Road Traffic Convention to be amended to promote transport automation

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 4.11.2021 13.26
Press release
Robot bus and bicycles in Helsinki (Photo: Aleksandra Suzi, Shutterstock)
Robot bus and bicycles in Helsinki (Photo: Aleksandra Suzi, Shutterstock)

The Government proposes that the President of the Republic approve amendments to the international Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. The amendments concern transport automation. Finland has actively promoted transport automation, which is why the adoption and international entry into force of the amendments are important for Finland.

Along with the amendments, an Article would be added to the Convention to allow the use of automated driving systems. In practice, this means that a vehicle could have an automated driving system instead of being controlled by an individual. However, in order to be approved, the driving systems would have to comply with national rules and international technical regulations.

Adoption of the amendments would speed up the development of automated driving systems

The aim of the amendments is to ensure that international and national legislation allow the development and introduction of transport automation and the resulting benefits: safer, more efficient and more sustainable transport.

In order for the amendments to be applied, the national legislation will also have to be changed. This process has already started. Particular attention must be paid to ensuring road safety, traffic control and the definition of legal responsibility as the number of automated vehicles on the road network increases.

What's next?

The President of the Republic is expected to approve the proposed amendments to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic on Friday, 5 November 2021. 

Preparations for amending the national legislation will continue by Ministry officials and working groups.

The decision on the possible approval of the amendments should be notified to the UN Secretary-General by 15 January 2022. The amendments may enter into force on 15 July 2022 at the earliest.


Kirsi Miettinen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 40 071 9629,

Kimmo Kiiski, Senior Ministerial Adviser, tel. 050539 5346, [email protected]

Jenni Korhonen-Pereira Coutinho, Senior Officer, tel. +358 50 307 4177, [email protected]