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  1. Mission of the Ministry of Transport and Communications
  2. Ministry aims in relation to vehicles
  3. Vehicles and the Ministry's administrative branch
  4. Vehicles and other Ministries

1. Mission of the Ministry of Transport and Communications

The Ministry of Transport and Communications is engaged in international co-operation and is responsible for drafting legislation on how vehicles are constructed, equipped and loaded. It also regulates vehicle inspections and registration, among others. The Vehicles Act (1090/2002) provides a basic framework for Finland's current legislation in the area.

2. Ministry aims in relation to vehicles

In relation to vehicles the Ministry aims to:

  • safeguard the interests of consumers and Finnish business
  • improve vehicle safety and reduce environmental impacts by developing different fuel options
  • engage in open and forward-looking cooperation both inside Finland and in international forums.

There are some five million road traffic vehicles in Finland, and decisions concerning these have a direct impact on the everyday existence of businesses and people. Vehicles play a variety of roles in our society, depending on the point of view. For example, vehicles provide jobs for inspectors. In terms of the national economy, vehicles are a key source of tax revenue. Vehicle emissions, on the other hand, affect climate change, thus making them a major environmental factor.

The majority of decisions affecting vehicle use are made at the EU level and by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

3. Vehicles and the Ministry's administrative branch

The Finnish Transport Safety Agency is responsible for the approval of vehicles and components, vehicle registration and tax, supervision of vehicle inspections, the organisation of driving tests and driving licence registration. The activities of the Transport Safety Agency are supervised by the Ministry.

4. Vehicles and other ministries

Legislation concerning vehicles is drafted not just by the Ministry of Transport and Communications but by a number of other Ministries, too:

  • The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is responsible for overseeing competitiveness and vehicle-related energy issues
  • The Ministry of Finance is responsible for vehicle and fuel taxation issues and the Ministry of the Environment for the regulation of transport fuels.
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture organises training for professional heavy-duty vehicle drivers.
  • Traffic surveillance and summary penal orders are the mandate of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice.