null Coronavirus brings amendments to the Private Roads Act and the Pilotage Act

Coronavirus brings amendments to the Private Roads Act and the Pilotage Act

Press release 15.03.2021 12.15 fi sv en

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Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, amendments are being made to the Private Roads Act and the Pilotage Act. The President of the Republic ratified the amended Acts and ordered them to enter into force on 12 March 2021.

The amendment to the Private Roads Act allows road associations to organise electronic meetings even when not expressly permitted by the association rules or when the issue has not been decided separately at the road association meeting.

The amendment also seeks to prevent COVID-19 infection from spreading by allowing road associations to hold meetings in the manner appropriate to each road association, in full or in part as remote meetings. The organiser of the meeting may order advance registration for remote participation.

The temporary amendment to the Pilotage Act expands the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom’s discretion when making decisions on issuing new pilot licences and pilotage exemption certificates and on extending the period of validity of currently valid personal pilotage permits. For example, practical pilotage operations can be postponed until a later date. The amendment to the Pilotage Act is valid until 30 June 2021.

In addition, a technical amendment will be made to the Act on Transport Services that updates the new name of the former Traffic Management Finland Oy. The company’s new name is Traffic Management Company Fintraffic Ltd.

Inquiries:

Senior Ministerial Adviser Mervi Karhula, tel. +358 40 041 5976 (Private Roads Act)

Senior Officer Katja Peltola, tel. +358 50 530 2175 (Pilotage Act)

Senior Ministerial Adviser Rita Linna, tel. +358 40 582 9699 (Act on Transport Services)