Janet, a customer service advisor at Finavia, is helping visitors at the Helsinki Airport to understand the new options in taxi services on July 6, 2018. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

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At the beginning of July, the Finnish laws were changed to deregulate the country’s taxi services. The idea is to bring more competition to provide a better service for consumers. It means that regulation passes from municipalities to the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi and anyone with a valid driving license and able to pass a simple knowledge test could be a licensed taxi driver with a roadworthy vehicle. Taxis will then be no longer linked geographically to their registered area and will be free to ply their trade all over Finland.

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