null Comments invited on draft bill on interoperability of electronic road toll systems

Comments invited on draft bill on interoperability of electronic road toll systems

Press release 17.05.2021 15.50 fi sv en

Large road junction (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has sent out for comments a draft bill on interoperability of electronic road toll systems. The draft bill concerns amendments to the European electronic road toll system, and it does not oblige nor lead to the introduction of road toll systems in Finland.

The Act would implement the new Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems and facilitating cross-border exchange of information on the failure to pay road fees in the Union. The EU regulations that Finland brought into force in 2014 were repealed in 2019. 

The Directive applies mainly to the technical interoperability of electronic road toll systems and it does not oblige Finland to introduce road tolls. Neither does the draft bill sent out for comments mean that road tolls be introduced in Finland.

The draft bill on interoperability of electronic road toll systems does not implement the Government Programme’s objective of an act allowing congestion charging as the preparation of that act is the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance.

What next?

The draft bill on interoperability of electronic road toll systems was sent out for comments on 12 May 2021. The deadline for submitting comments is 11 June 2021.

Organisations and private individuals are invited to comment the proposal online at www.lausuntopalvelu.fi or by email at kirjaamo@lvm.fi.

Following the consultation round, Ministry officials will continue the preparations for the Act.

Inquiries:

Jenni Korhonen-Pereira Coutinho, Senior Officer, tel. +358 50 307 4177

Saara Reinimäki, Director of Automation Unit, tel. +358 50 303 3065, Twitter: @saarare