1) Under the Finnish Road Traffic Act (Tieliikennelaki), emergency vehicles and police, customs and Finnish Border Guard vehicles on official duty;
2) Under the decree of the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, a vehicle transporting the sick to treatment or retrieving the sick to be transported to treatment; a physician on urgent business; a veterinarian or a vehicle transporting some other person on a medical assignment or rescue operation; an animal transport vehicle under permit; a vehicle used for passenger transport (taxis or busses) subject to authorisation; a vehicle carrying out urgent road maintenance work as well as mopeds;
3) All, to whom the ELY Centre has granted the right-of-way and whose right-of-way is appropriately valid and whose travel in question falls within the sphere of right-of-way authorisation. See Criteria for granting right-of-way (in Finnish only).
The right-of-way as granted by the ELY Centre does not authorise anyone to pass others who have right-of-way authorisation. Placards are provided to indicate the vehicle’s right-of-way authorisation.
Other road users, in principle, will be loaded aboard the ferry in order of arrival. The ferry captain, however, has the right to derogate from the order of arrival should the ferry’s deck space or its carrying capacity or weather conditions not allow for transporting the next vehicle in the queue. Right-of-way authorisation does not apply to exiting the ferry.
The right of way onto the ferry is recognised throughout the entire economic, traffic and environmental centres in the territories of Southwest Finland. The grant of the right of way to passengers and other vehicles is shown by a placard, which comes in two colors: orange-red and yellow.
There are traffic lights at the Pargas–Nagu and Hailuoto ferry harbours. When the ferry starts loading, the vehicles in the right-of-way lane will first be allowed aboard when the light is green. The light will turn red when the lane has emptied out. After this, the other traffic from the lane will load aboard the ferry. The red light indicates the end of loading vehicles from the right-of-way lane. There can be, only in exceptional cases, a continuation of loading vehicles from the right-of-way lane together with the normal traffic lane or afterwards, as necessary.
When at the ferry harbours, vehicle operators should use caution, follow the speed limits and traffic lights to avoid risks. When loading aboard, the road users must also follow the instructions as given by the ferry crew.
The police have the authority to ticket road users for abusing the right-of-way lane. As the licensing authority, the ELY Centre can revoke right-of-way authorisation or provide comments on the violation of permit conditions. Upon surveillance of right-of-way authorisation, the ELY Centre and the police can remove a vehicle from the queue that is using the right‑of‑way lane incorrectly.
More detailed information can be found at the Ely Centre's website.