The Railway Transport Act is to be amended. The new EU regulation on the rights and obligations of rail passengers (Regulation (EU) 2021/782 of the European Parliament) entered into force on June 6, 2021. The new regulation is applicable from 7 June 2023. Until that Regulation (EC) No. 1371/2007 is applicable. The provisions of these regulations are directly applicable in Finland.
Railway Transport Act | The most significant amendments are based on the narrowing of opportunities that deviate from the measures related to the old railway liability rate and the improvement of the rights of disabled persons.
Furthermore, international rail traffic between Finland and Russia is not affected and will not be regulated by the new regulation.
Concepts are also updated in connection with the amendment. The purpose is, for example, that the concept of urban rail traffic term is updated to commuter rail traffic term.
Moreover, in Finland the possibility is applied where some of the sections of the regulation are not applicable to city-, suburb- and regional passenger traffic under the amended Railway Transport Act.
A draft of the government’s decree can be found in the link here.
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