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Minister Berner: The need to reform transport route financing must be resolved

Minister Berner: The need to reform transport route financing must be resolved

News article 24.01.2017 15.52 fi sv en

Transport network financing must be reformed, even if the transport network company model did not receive support this time around, stresses Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications.

- The starting point of the report was that the costs of mobility should not increase. It was agreed with Prime Minister Sipilä that the car tax cannot be dropped, and thus the transport network company will be unable to obtain adequate revenue from customer fees for its operations. No commercial basis for developing the transport network will thus exist, and any further drafting will be discontinued, notes Berner.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications is calling a halt to the consultation round on the transport network report and the discussion on the Ota kantaa website for citizens today. We would like to thank all those who already provided their comments and participated in the discussion.

In April 2016, the government agreed that a proposal on developing the transport network on commercial terms would be prepared under the direction of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The proposal was to be drafted in such a way that the decisions needed to launch operations could be made at the beginning of 2018. A great number of experts from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, agencies in its administrative branch and stakeholders took part in preparing the report on the transport network company.