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Operational Activities

Cabotage
UK hauliers may carry goods to, through or from the country, goods can also be carried from Finland to a third country and vice versa if permitted by the terms of any agreement between the three countries. Cabotage is permitted.

Dangerous Goods
Finland is a party to the ADR agreement, therefore all ADR requirements will apply.

Abnormal Loads
Special authorisation must be obtained if vehicles/loads exceed maximum permitted weights and dimensions. The Finnish governments view on whether a Permit for Abnormal Load movements are required is:

'An abnormal transport is a transport of a vehicle or vehicle combination, having either no load or an indivisible load, which exceeds at least one authorised dimension or weight allowed in normal road traffic in Finland'.

Movement Restrictions
There are no driving restrictions on public holidays or weekends.

Road, Tunnel & Bridge Tolls
None applicable that we are aware of.

Taxation
There are no transit taxes. Goods vehicles can import a full tank of fuel.

Customs
TIR Carnets are accepted for loads crossing the country. ATA Carnets are accepted for certain temporary imports. CMR notes are required.

Vehicle Requirements

Documentation
Green Card required, plus original vehicle registration docs. A GB plate must be fitted to rear of vehicle/trailer.

Maximum Weights & Dimensions
Height 4.2 metres
Width 2.6 metres
Length Artic 16.5 metres
Road Train 18.75 metres
Vehicle with trailer and semi-trailer 25.25 metres
There are also other maximum lengths on vehicles and trailers according to the number of axles
Weight Artic up to 48 tonnes (subject to number of axles)
Road Train up to 60 tonnes (subject to number of axles)
There are also various maximum permitted weights on vehicles, trailers and road trains which are applicable according to the number of axles

Safety Equipment
It is not compulsory to carry snow chains but they MUST be used in Winter months. Studded and winter tyres are permitted. Other requirements include:-

Driver Requirements

Legal Documents
Full passport required but no visa required. UK driving licence or International driving permit. Letter from employer giving driver permission to drive vehicle - Attestation letter and form.

Speed Limits

Vehicles Concerned Built-Up Areas (kms) Outside Built-Up Areas (kms)
  All purpose roads Expressways / Duel Carraigeways Motorways
All goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes 50 80 80 80
Goods Vehicles with unbraked trailer 50 60 60 60

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
Itäinen Puistotie 17, 00140 Helsinki, Finland. Tel: +358 (0)9 2286 5100 Website: www.ukinfinland.fco.gov.uk
Transport Organisation
Nuijamiestentie 7, 00400 Helsinki. Tel: +358 (0)9 478 999 Website: www.skal.fi

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