Public administration acts as a facilitator
In Finland, the aim of transport policy is to promote the mobility of information, goods and people and to ensure that people’s everyday life runs smoothly. This aim is pursued by means of legislation. We believe that transport should be based on services and be reliable and customer-oriented.
One aim of the transport policy is that future transport services are partially automated. An increase in intelligent automation provides significant opportunities for improving the safety, efficiency and sustainability of traffic and transportation.
By means of legislation we also improve access to data and create a favourable environment for data-driven businesses. Transport is one of the first sectors in which more efficient use of data can quickly produce concrete results.
Finnish transport legislation allows but also obliges to ensure the safety of services throughout the supply chain.
In order to increase the number of people using digital services, the services and business models must be reliable. The trust is based on aspects such as user-friendliness, adequate security and privacy protection and content authenticity.
Future transport services take many different forms
For us, transport is not just routes or vehicles but a package adapting to the changing needs of people and businesses. Already for several years, Finland has promoted the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) thinking that links the technological development with human-centred services.
The Finnish transport market is regulated by the Act on Transport Services, which aims to offer better transport services to users and achieve more freedom of choice on the market. The Act allows to provide the users with new type of smooth travel chains consisting of different transport modes.
It promotes the digitalisation of transport services and more efficient use of data and aims to remove barriers to market access.
For further information, see the website of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The National Growth Programme for the Transport Sector
The challenges faced by the transport sector and its opportunities are generally so great that not one actor alone can address and respond to them. This is why we need cooperation and an ecosystemic approach. The National Growth Programme for the Transport Sector aims at boosting cooperation between private and public sector actors, the main goal of the Programme beings the promotion of the transport sector’s business-driven growth.
The Growth Programme will see the creation of a common set of targets and a future scenario for the industry in 2030. It also describes the skills and expertise that exist in the sector, its operating environment, and key measures over the next few years.
Electric mobility, automation, and the growth of services and digitalisation affect every actor in the transport industry, while also changing the traditional ways of doing business. These effects can be seen in the investment needs of the state and municipalities, in business, and also increasingly in the daily lives of people who spend time in traffic.
The measures under the Growth Programme rely on a combination of enabling legislation, proactive research and the diverse skills and expertise of innovative companies. Renewal and modernisation in cities are to be promoted by enabling market experimentation and pilots and by stepping up the scaling of good solutions through procurement. The introduction of new innovations and the growth in business ecosystems are to be promoted through the development of the availability and quality of information, carefully channelled RDI funding, and support for the assembly and orchestration of business-driven ecosystems. The internationalisation of companies and the Invest in venture are to be encouraged through the strengthening of Finland’s internationally recognised reputation as a forerunner in the field of transport and through the promotion of internationalisation activities.
This Programme is under the supervision of Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, and ITS Finland is coordinating its execution.
For further information, see the website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.