The EU Mobility Package progressing

Press release 21.10.2021 13.32 fi sv en

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The Government proposes amendments to the Act on Transport Services and to the acts on overload charges and the posting of workers. The amendments are related to the enforcement of the EU Mobility Package in Finland.

The Government submitted the proposal to Parliament on 21 October 2021.

The aim of the proposal is to harmonise the social and market legislation on heavy road transport, promote fair and equal competition in the transport sector, improve the operating conditions of supervisory authorities, and improve road safety.

Besides implementing EU regulations, the proposal aims to assign more responsibility for overloading and driving time and rest period violations to transport customers. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to tackle the grey economy, in accordance with the Government Programme.

New changes to driving times and rest periods based on the EU Regulation have already entered into force.

The national legislative project was carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

What's next?

The legislative proposals have gone through a consultation round, and public servants continue preparations as part of their official duties.

A referral debate will be held on the proposal now submitted by the Government to Parliament. The timetable for the debate will be listed on Parliament’s website (upcoming plenary sessions).

After the referral debate, the proposal will be taken to a Parliamentary Committee. After the Committee submits a report, the matter will be discussed in a plenary session. 

The acts are scheduled to enter into force on 01 February 2022.

Inquiries

Veli-Matti Syrjänen, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 50 470 7708

Elisa Vornanen, Senior Specialist, +358 50 511 6405