THE FOLLOWING ARE MANDATORY WHEN DRIVING IN FINLAND AND MUST BE CARRIED IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL
* VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
* LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DRIVE, IF YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE
* CURRENT M.O.T. CERTIFICATE
* CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (MULTI-LINGUAL ON REVERSE)
* PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT, IF YOUR LICENCE DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VALIDATE THE LICENCE
* SPARE BULB KIT
* WARNING TRIANGLE
* FIRST AID KIT
* INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT DECLARATION FORM
* FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Children In Cars
Children must be secured by either safety belts or safety-seats.
Dipped headlights must be used at all times.
Drinking and Driving:
Don't do it. The blood/alcohol limit in Finland is 0.05. You should be aware that drink-driving laws are strict. Police strictly enforce all traffic laws and institute random roadside breathalyser tests. Drivers who register 0.05 or above alcohol content are subject to immediate arrest and are liable to a lengthy prison sentence.
Compulsory for front and rear seat occupants.
Parking restrictions are strict but clearly indicated. Always park in the direction of traffic and at least 5 metres from any pedestrian crossings and junctions. Most cities have metered parking areas. When there are no meters, pay-and-display parking vouchers, which can be obtained at gas stations, must be displayed on the dashboard. The impounding of cars is likely for illegally parked cars.
Police are not empowered to collect fines on the spot; but the fines can be very high and are based on your income level. The minimum fine is €130 but there is no maximum limit, which means that you may be liable for extremely high fines if you have a high income.
Motorways = 100km/h
Major Roads = 80 – 100km/h
Towns = 30 – 40km/h
Warning: Speed limits may be lower in winter months.
Things to Remember:
* You should remain alert for elk and reindeer, which frequently wander onto roads and are most active at dusk. It has been known that a collision with an elk or reindeer can cause severe damage to a vehicle and even fatal injuries to the occupants.
* Report all accidents involving Elk & Reindeer to the Police.
* Snow tyres are required from December to February
* Trams have right of way, also buses leaving stops.