The expensive price of fuel is just the tip of the iceberg – the motorist is forced to change

The increase in the use of private cars has been a hot topic in Finland in recent years. At the heart of the criticism are the expensive price of fuel, the lack of parking spaces and the rising cost of parking. Answer the survey at the end of the article. The survey seeks to find out how a private person views the idea of ​​sharing a car.

The cost of owning a car has become a major topic of discussion in Finnish households. The second largest monthly expenditure of a household is a car, and for many Finns it is also vital because of the long driving distances and weather conditions.

The rise in fuel prices is immediately apparent in people’s daily lives and that is why it has risen to the top of the topic list in coffee table discussions. Many families now have to rethink their everyday buying decisions. Are you saving on the mileage of the car or perhaps the dining table. In Finland, due to rising fuel prices, no one is still starving, but the standard of living may fall in the largest families, where children should have access to social hobbies without having to suffer from the quality of food. The family must put the child’s social and physical health on the balance. What to invest in?

The expensive price of fuel is just the tip of the iceberg – parking will be 300 percent more expensive

The war in Ukraine bounced the price of fuel to the skies, making it even more expensive to own a car. The debate around the topic is now escalating into a bigger topic of conversation. It has been reported in the past how the cost of parking and insuring a car, for example, is rising this decade.

significant changes will be made to urban parking solutions and prices in the coming years. Resident parking in the city center is expected to triple from the current € 30 a month to € 90 a month by 2029. Hourly pricing for streetside locations will also increase significantly. The aim is to make the maintenance of parking spaces more profitable.

According to the City of Helsinki, changes affecting the price of motoring include population growth, expansion of the inner city, favoring sustainable modes of transport, climate goals, digitalisation of mobility and traffic, growth of the sharing economy, electrification of traffic, teleworking and the introduction of new mobility services.

Society wants to stop private cars – the expensive price of fuel is just one way to act

The culture of mobility is at a huge turning point. Strong fuel taxation and the promotion of electric cars are part of a green transition that aims to make Finland carbon-neutral by 2035.

Carbon neutrality is a lifeline for the entire planet, but it requires a change, especially in the traditional culture of movement. The car should no longer be used alone. The car must not be allowed to rest on the tires. You should keep the car moving. This is the direction society wants to take the idea of ​​the car owner. An individual car should be a consumer product used by as many people as possible.

The system itself is not ready for change

Private cars are becoming more expensive all the time, with the aim of forcing the use of public transport, carpooling and vehicle sharing. Everyone can easily understand how public transport, carpooling and vehicle sharing are ecological, and why they want to force private individuals to change.

* Traficom is the biggest slowdown in the change in the culture of motoring. It is the Finnish Transport and Communications Authority, which maintains permits and registers for private and professional transport.

Traficom is at the center of change because it sits on top of an information box and is therefore responsible for sharing information. Taxation, financing and insurance are always based on information from Traficom, and it is not possible for operators in various sectors to obtain information from Traficom about a vehicle that is part of the sharing economy. The change in culture requires Traficom to add a registration category that includes information about a private vehicle whose secondary use is sharing.

Society in Finland wants to encourage people to change, but Traficom’s technical slowness in sharing information is the biggest problem on the road to change. Because of the slowness, the private person cannot find a solution to which he is being tried and even manipulated for the sake of society. The “tools” provided by the state are thus not yet structurally ready for change, which society itself encourages and even forces more and more.

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