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Legislative proposal on interoperability of electronic road toll systems to Parliament

Ministry of Transport and Communications
2.9.2021 13.45 | Published in English on 2.9.2021 at 16.40
Press release

The Government submitted a legislative proposal on interoperability of electronic road toll systems to Parliament on 2 September 2021. The proposal 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 new Act on interoperability of electronic road toll systems would repeal the existing Act with the same name.

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 Directive applies mainly to the technical interoperability of electronic road toll systems.

The Government's draft proposal was circulated for comments from 12 May to 11 June 2021. The majority of the consulted stakeholders were in favour of the draft proposal.

The legislative proposal on interoperability of electronic road toll systems does not implement the Government Programme's objective of an act allowing congestion charging. That act will be prepared separately and the Ministry of Finance will be responsible for it.

What's next?

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 sent to a Parliamentary Committee.

The proposed act is scheduled to enter into force in autumn 2021.

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

Press release, 17 May 2021: Comments invited on draft bill on interoperability of electronic road toll systems
Gateway to Information on Government Projects: The Government Proposal to amend the Act on interoperability of electronic road toll systems (LVM027:00/2021) (in Finnish)
Government decisions, 2 September 2021 (in Finnish)