Passenger and goods transport

The Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for drafting Finland’s legislation on railway, aviation, maritime, bus, coach and taxi transport. In addition, it contributes to legislative drafting at EU level.

The aim is a safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly transport system. It is the mission of the Ministry to promote transport markets and new, customer-oriented services. Promotion of competition ensures efficient and diverse services. The Ministry is obliged to ensure the availability of basic transport services by purchasing them, if necessary.

In the transport sector, ensuring the functioning of the market is highly topical. The Act on Transport Services harmonises different legislation between transport modes and removes obstacles to entering the market.

The provision of professional passenger transport services in return for payment is subject to licence in all transport modes. Transport permits and licences are issued by Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

Goods transport services are also subject to licence. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of South Ostrobothnia is responsible for goods transport licence administration across Finland.