Passenger transport policy is implemented through legislation, guidelines and the procurement of transport services. The aim is a safe and environmentally-friendly transport system.
According to the Government Programme, the objective of transport policy is to ensure economically, socially and environmentally sustainable societal structures and regional development. Fast, safe and economical goods transport is also crucial to our national and international competitiveness.
Procured train, sea, air, bus and coach transport services ensure the availability of basic public transport services throughout Finland. The Ministry is also making efforts to promote walking and cycling.
As far as goods transport is concerned, the Ministry's priorities are to curb the rising costs, secure an efficient transport market and strengthen logistics know-how. The purpose is to promote health and prevent unfair competition. Increasing competition ensures the efficiency and diversity of services.
The Finnish Customs is responsible for granting bilateral goods transport permits and transit permits for international traffic passing through Finland, such as permits for goods traffic between Finland and Russia.
Other transport permits, such as ECMT licences, and permits for transport from third countries, are granted by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency. The Agency also issues any oversize and overweight permits needed by Russian or other CIS transportation companies for entry into Finland.