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Government proposes a legislative amendment to continue the advance booking service for border traffic

Ministry of Transport and Communications
12.5.2021 13.21 | Published in English on 12.5.2021 at 13.40
Press release

On 12 May 2021, the Government submitted to Parliament a proposal to amend the Act on Transport Services.

The purpose of the amendment is to provide for continuation of the advance booking service in Vaalimaa and to extend it to other road border crossing stations between Finland and Russia.

The Act on Transport Services would include a new section on the control and management of goods transport at road border crossing stations between Finland and Russia.

As part of its task of ensuring the smooth flow of traffic, the provider of road traffic control and management services could offer these services for goods traffic arriving at road border crossing stations as well as for the purpose of ensuring the smooth flow of the related customs measures and border checks. When providing the services, it could, as a data controller, process the relevant personal data. It would be possible to collect data in the information system by automatic identification of a registration number or other unique identifier.

The Act is scheduled to enter into force on 1 July 2021.

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


Matleena Kurki-Suutarinen, Senior Government Adviser, tel. +358 295 34 2042

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Finnish Government plenary session working documents on 22 May 2021 (in Finnish)

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