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Road safety

  1. Mission of the Ministry of Transport and Communications
  2. Administrative branch
  3. Traffic rules and regulations

1. Mission of the Ministry of Transport and Commucations

The Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for drafting legislation on road safety.

The vision for road safety work is that one-one is killed or seriously injured in traffic. The aim is to improve traffic safety continuously, so that by 2020 the number of road fatalities has been halved and the number of serious injuries has been cut by one fourth from the 2010 figures.

Improvements to road safety are made in accordance with a Government resolution from 2012 and the Transport Policy Report (2012).

The Ministry of Transport and Communications cooperates with other ministries in combating drunken driving and in developing traffic control.

Road safety work makes use of information and communications technology via in-vehicle applications, electronic traffic management, and road condition information, for example. 

2. Administrative branch

The key players in the field of road safety within the Ministry's branch of government are the Finnish Transport Agency, Finnish Transport Safety Agency, and Liikenneturva - the central organisation for Finnish traffic safety work.

  • The Transport Agency is responsible for road design, construction and management, and for road and traffic signs.
  • The responsibilities of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, or Trafi, include vehicle registration, supervision of driving schools and driving licence operations, and organisation of matters related to vehicle inspection. Road and traffic safety campaigning is also included in Trafi's responsibilities.
  • Liikenneturva campaigns for road and traffic safety, disseminates information, contributes to road safety education for different age groups and provides further training for drivers.
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications is involved in the Eläköön traffic safety campaign and in the Liikenneraittius campaign aimed at preventing drink-driving.

3. Traffic rules and regulations

Traffic rules and regulations are laid down in the Road traffic act (267/1981). Their purpose is to improve road safety and ensure the smooth flow of traffic. In developing traffic rules and regulations, the great variety of vehicles and means of transport are taken into account. Attention is also given to the needs of different age groups and special groups, such as people with restricted mobility.

Finnish Transport Agency: Road signs

Central Organization for Traffic Safety in Finland

Central Organization for Traffic Safety in Finland: Snow mobile safety

Central Organization for Traffic Safety in Finland: Safety inside vehicle

Central Organization for Traffic Safety in Finland: Tips for Winter Driving