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Right-of-way to archipelago ferries

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Legislation automatically entitles certain vehicles and transportation to use right-of-way lanes when loading the ferry. The Ely Centre for Southwest Finland may also grant a right-of-way based on permanent establishment or sufficient need. E.g. urgent transport, work commute or trips related to authority operations can be considered sufficient need. Right-of-way may also be granted based on work commute from the mainland to the archipelago. Permanent residents of Houtskär, Norrskata, Iniö and Hailuoto are granted right-away on application. Permanent residents of the other islands of Parainen and the Kimito Islands, Hitis/Rosala and Vartsala in Kustavi may be granted right-of-way for work commute.

Right-of-way may be granted for road ferries that operate to the islands of Nagu, Korpo, Norrskata, Houtskär and Iniö in the City of Parainen, Hitis in the municipality of Kimitoön, Vartsala island in the municipality of Kustavi, the island of Hailuoto and Skåldö island in the city of Raasepori, and for commuter ferries that operate between Houtskär and Iniö in the City of Parainen. Right-of-way permits are not granted for other commuter ferries.

Generally, private individuals are granted one pair of plates. Several pairs require a justified reason. Companies are granted a necessary number of plates, based on the operation and the number of vehicles. The right-of-way plates are red. Yellow plates are only for temporary use.

Only persons indicated in the decision may exercise the right-of-way for trips specified in the decision. If the permit is granted to a company, all its employees may exercise the right-of-way when driving on company business. The original decision or a certified copy be kept in the car when exercising the right-of-way. On other trips, you must use the lane intended for regular traffic. When exercising the right-of-way, the plates must be attached as instructed in the annex to the decision.

The ELY Centre orders the plates from the manufacturer. Separate instructions on the prices and payment of the plates are provided with the decision. They can also be found on the website of the agency. In the case of temporary right-of-way, the ELY Centre lends plates that must be returned to the ELY Centre immediately after the end of the temporary right-of-way. Borrowed permits must always be returned to the municipality.

Do the following

Read the grounds for granting a permit carefully. Fill the form available in the website. Justify the application carefully.

  • If applying for a right-of-way based on permanent residence, indicate your place of residence.
  • If applying for a right-of-way based on work commute and you live in the other islands of Parainen and the Kimito Islands or in Skåldö, Hitis/Rosala and Vartsala in Kustavi, attach the employer's certificate of employment and other necessary information. You can apply for a right-of-way for the entire family.
  • Self-employed persons, sole proprietors and companies must describe the nature and scope of operations and list possible customers and contracts plus location of the sites. Companies must also give the number of employees and vehicles and the date it started operating. The Ely Centre for Southwest Finland can request a statement from the municipality, when necessary.
  • Print the necessary certificates and attach them to the application (a Trade Register extract or Register of Associations or an extract from the Business Information System).

A renewal permit is applied for in the same manner as a new permit. A renewal application must be justified in the same manner as the original application. The right-of-way can also be changed on application.

Send the application to the Ely Centre for Southwest Finland (PL 236, 20101 Turku, or by email to: kirjaamo.varsinais-suomi@ely-keskus.fi)

To whom and on what terms

Right-of-way granted based on permanent residence:

Permanent residents of Houtskär, Norrskata, Iniö and Hailuoto are granted right-away on application. Right-of-way is also granted to the residents of islands when the habitual residence is accessed by a commuter ferry.

Right-of-way granted based on work commute:

Permanent residents of the other islands of Parainen and the Kimito Islands, Hitis/Rosala and Vartsala in Kustavi may be granted right-of-way for work commute.

Right-of-way granted based on sufficient need:

E.g. urgent transport, work commute or trips related to authority operations can be considered sufficient need. Urgent trips related to running a business or professional activities, transport of perishable foodstuffs, emergency tasks or similar trips may be sufficient grounds for right-of-way. Right-of-way may also be granted based on work commute from the mainland to the archipelago.

Temporary permits and permits that are lent:

If the right-of-way is based on temporary need, the Ely Centre for Southwest Finland may grant a temporary permit. The application must be justified as described above. The ELY Centre can also grant municipalities the right to borrow right-of-way permits. The municipalities can lend the permits as they see fit. Right-of-way permits that are lent are primarily meant for short trips that cannot be delayed. These include, for example, urgent work trips of the employees.

The ELY Centre checks the information provided by the applicants.

The right-of-way permit or plates cannot be handed over to another person. If the conditions that are the grounds for granting the right-of-way change, the right-of-way will expire. The decision and the right-of-way plates must be immediately returned to the ELY Centre. If the conditions of right-of-way are violated, the ELY Centre can issue a warning or cancel the right-of-way.

A fee is charged for the service.

There is a fee for both a granted licence and a negative decision. A fee is charged for additional and temporary decisions on the right-of-way. The fees are determined annually by a government decree.

The Ely Centre orders the plates/stickers. The manufacturer sends the them and the invoice to the customer.


Deadline

Applications are processed in the order they arrive. If information is missing, the application will be processed when the missing information has been provided.

Processing time

Processing of applications takes 2-3 weeks. It might take a little longer during rush times. If information is missing, the application will be processed when the missing information has been provided.

Period of validity

Right-of-way for road or commute ferries between Houtskär and Iniö are granted for the maximum of four years at a time. The permits are granted starting from the date of the decision or a date indicated by the customer. A temporary right-of-way may be granted for the maximum of three months. The Ely Centre can grant municipalities the right to borrow right-of-way permits for short trips that cannot be delayed.

Basic information

The service is provided byELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Lapland
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 12/19/2019