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  1. Hi allany information would be much appreciated. I am an Australian (age early 30's) with Turkish citizenship (passport) and plan to move to Bodrum area early next year. Currently we am living in London and would like to investigate if taking our car to Turkey would be a good idea. Just trying to figure out if its beneficial to bring our own or buy one when we get there. I did have a look at buying over in Turkey however the cars seem to be so expensive. Has anyone been in the same/ similar situation. Many thanksAyse
  2. Araç Çıkabilir: Vehicles entering roadway. A.S. İZ (Askeri İnzibat): Military Police. Askeri Bölge: Military Zone. Benzin: Gasoline or petrol. Bozuk Satih: Broken pavement, or rough surface. Buz: Ice. Çıkış: Exit. Dikkat: Attention, be careful! Dikkatsız: Careless. Dinlenme Alanı: Rest area. Dizel: Diesel. Dur: Stop. Düzensiz: Reckless, carless, erratic. Giremez: Do not enter. Girilmez: Do not enter. Giriş: Entrance Hastane: Hospital Heyelan Bölgesi: Falling rocks/landslide area. Kapalı: Closed. Kar: Snow. Karayolları: Highway Kaza: Accident Kaza Raporu: Accident report Kurşunsuz: Unleaded gasoline Lastikçi: Tire repair shop Mazot: Deisel Motorin: Deisel Nakit: Cash. OGS: Fast-pass lane for toll roads (you need a transponder which reacts to the toll booth to use this lane) Otogar: Main Bus Station Otoyol: Highway. Park Edilmez: No parking. Park Etmek Yasaktır: No Parking. Park Yapılmaz: No parking. Sanayi Bölgesi: Industrial zone (this is where the car repair shops can be found). Şehir Merkezi: City center. Servis Alanı: Service area. Servis Yolu: Service road. Sis: Fog. Tamirat: Road work. Taşıt Giremez: Vehicles prohibited from entering. Tehlikeli: Dangerous. Tehlikeli Madde: Dangerous material. Tekyön or Tek Yön: One way. TEM: Trans-European Highway. Uzun Araç: Long vehicle. Yaya Geçidi: Pedestrian crossing. Yavaş: Slow or slow down. Yol: Road or way. Yol Boyunca: The entire length of the street, as in "no parking on this side of the street." Yol Çalışması: Road construction. Yol Kapalı: Road closed. Yol Tamiri: Road repair. Yol Yapımı: Road construction. See Also Turkish language Forum: Our forum dedicated to the Turkish language. If you have a question, please ask it there. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  3. Refueling stations (called a benzinci or a petrol istasiyonu) all over Turkey usually sell two octane grades of unleaded gasoline (benzin), and diesel (dizel or mazot). Some also care Euro deisel. At a Turkish petrol station, there will usually be a market where you can buy drinks, snacks, and auto accessories. Some have automatic car washes. At others, you can ask an attendant to wash your car for a small fee, and even vacuum clean the interior. All Turkish petrol stations are full-service. An attendant will come out to ask you what you want, refill your car, and usually clean the windshield. You can also ask him to check the oil and air pressure in your tires. A small tip for these additional services is customary. If you are driving for long distances or plan to use a lot of fuel, you can rent a car with an engine which runs on diesel or Euro diesel fuel. While the cost of renting one of these cars is higher, the fuel is much cheaper, so paying more for a more efficient engine may save you money in the long run. While practically all petrol stations in Turkey have diesel, not all of them sell Euro diesel. You may have to visit a few stations to find one that sells it. Euro diesel cars (like diesel cars) have a specially-designed receptacle which will only accept a Euro diesel nozzle. Because of the high cost of petrol in Turkey, it isn't a good idea to rent a car for long, cross-country trips, unless you plan to make a lot of sight-seeing stops along the way. A better alternative is to take a bus or a flight for the long portions of your trip, then rent a car for local excursions. See Also Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: The place to post questions and comments about driving in Turkey. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  4. Car Rental Prices The least expensive rental cars in Turkey are compact cars with manual (stick shift) transmissions and small engines which run on unleaded gasoline. They cost around 40 to 70 TL per day, and the cost goes up from there if you want a larger car, a van, an automatic transmission, or a diesel engine. If you are carrying passengers and luggage, planning to drive in mountainous areas, or on secondary roads where you will need to quickly pass trucks and other slow-moving vehicles, opt for a car with a larger engine. The cost of a rental car in Turkey will also vary according to time of year (with prices being higher during peak season), as well as the amount of time you are renting the car for. There are discounts for renting for more than a week. If you want to drop off the car in a place other than where you rented it, you will also have to pay for someone to come out to pick it up again. Large and Small Companies Small, local car rental businesses usually offer lower rates than the international chains. Besides the latest model cars, they also have older cars that you can rent at a bargain price. However, if you have a problem and you're far away from the place where you rented it, a small company will only be able to assist you over the phone, whereas a larger company with multiple locations may be able to bring you a replacement car. Child Safety Seats You can rent a child safety seat for around 10 TL per day at most rental car outlets. You should arrange this at least a day in advance so they can make sure one is available. When to Use a Rental Car Gasoline is very expensive in Turkey, and you will probably pay more for gasoline every day than you pay for the rental car itself. If you are traveling for a long distance to see some far-flung sight, take a bus and get to a nearby bus station first. Then rent a car locally. You should only rent a car to travel long distances if you want to see and explore multiple places during your journey. If there is a popular sight anywhere near the town where you're staying, there will probably be a regular buses and a dolmuş service to get you there. If you use these services, you can go to the site, spend the day, then catch the bus or dolmuş back to town. It will cost you a fraction of what you would spend on a rental car. Where to Rent a Car Rental Car Company Offices Practically every city and town in Turkey has rental car offices.You can usually just walk in, fill out the forms, and drive away. However, during peak tourist seasons you should reserve the car at least one day in advance. Hotels and Pensions Most hotels and pensions in Turkey have a car rental company they deal with. Your hotel or pension manager can probably reserve a car for you and have it delivered to the hotel, where you can fill out the rental forms on the spot. Then when you're ready to leave, the car rental company will come and pick it up. Airports All commercial airports in Turkey have rental car outlets. If you want a car to be waiting for you when your plane lands, reserve one in advance. What You'll Need to Rent a Car in Turkey Be 21 to 75 years old Have a valid passport with current visa Have a valid driver's license from your home country issued for at least the past two years. No international driving license is required for citizens of the US, UK, or European countries. If you are from another country, check with your local Turkish embassy or consulate. Have a valid credit card (you will probably be required to use the card to assure a deposit, even if you are paying cash) A deposit, usually around 20% of the total fee or around 500 TL. This can take the form of a pre-approved credit card transaction which will be destroyed when you return the car Note: Under Turkish law, if you have been a resident of Turkey for six months or more, you must have a Turkish driving license to drive a car. While a company may rent you a car without one, if you have an accident, the insurance company may refuse to pay out because you were driving illegally. Fuel In Turkey, rental car fuel tanks are usually empty (sometimes dangerously so) when received. Your first stop will need to be at a nearby petrol station, unless you have arranged to have a full tank in advance. You will be expected to return the car with the same level of fuel in the tank. Fuel stations in Turkey sell Diesel (Dizel or Mazot), unleaded (kurşunsuz [ker-shoon-sooz]), and at some stations, Euro diesel. If you will be doing a lot of driving, the cheaper diesel fuels can save you money, even though a diesel or Euro diesel car is more expensive to rent. Using a GPS in Turkey You can bring your own GPS and use it while traveling by car in Turkey. Before you leave, however, you may need to buy and download a GPS map for Turkey from the manufacturer's website. Turkey is well covered by the GPS maps of the major GPS suppliers. Toll Roads, Tunnels and Bridges A few toll highways in Turkey have automated toll booths. You cannot pay the toll in cash-you need to have a Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi (huz-luh geh-jeesh see-steh-mee) or HGS (heh-geh-seh) toll transponder to pay the tolls. Bridges going in and out of Istanbul also use the HGS system. Bridges and tunnels in other parts of Turkey have tolls collected by local municipalities and private contractors, so they accept cash. Ask your rental car company if your driving itinerary requires an HGS transponder. They usually have some cars with these transponders already mounted. If you don't want to take the toll highways, you can also use secondary highways which run alongside, but you will need to spot the exit for these before you get so close to the entrance of the toll highway that you can't turn around. If you do happen to go through a toll booth without a transponder, an alarm will sound and a camera will photograph your car and its license plate. The fine is ten times the toll. The tolls are usually around 2 TL, so expect a fine of around 20 TL. See Also Car Rental Insurance in Turkey: A guide help you understand car rental insurance, and make sure you have the right coverage. Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: Our forum for all things cars and driving. If you have a question, please ask it there. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  5. Collision Damage Insurance Collision Damage Insurance (CDI), also called Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), is practically always included with the cost of a rental car in Turkey. It covers damages to the rental car, with a deductible that you will have to pay before the insurance pays. If you pay a higher premium, you can eliminate the deductible and have the insurance cover all fees involved. CDW does not cover damage to headlights, tires, or the windshield. Headlights, Tires, and Windscreen You can also buy additional insurance to cover the headlights, tires and windscreen (windshield), or you can have these repaired at your own cost and return the repaired car. Car repairs like this are cheaper in Turkey than they are in the UK and European countries, and in many cases, installation is free. Personal Accident/Injury (PAI) Basically another word for medical insurance, PAI covers your doctor and hospital bills in case of an accident. It may also cover you for loss of limbs, sight, or other permanent injuries. If you have medical insurance, review your plan to see what you are already covered for, and if it covers you in Turkey. In many cases you can decline this coverage. PAI doesn't cover medical evacuation or trip cancellation. And it only covers you for those costs not already covered by an existing insurance plan. You can get trip cancellation insurance, which also covers medical evacuation, by searching locally or on the Internet for trip insurance. Third Party Liability Insurance Covers for damage to other vehicles or people. This is usually the minimum required by law and included in the rental agreement and price. Theft Insurance If your rental car is stolen, theft insurance pays the rental fees until the car is found. The limit is 30 days. It is usually already included in the rental agreement and price. Fire Insurance For damages caused by fire. This is usually included in the rental agreement and price. Loss of Use If you have an accident, and render the car unusable, you are liable to pay the rental car agency for the loss of their use of the rental car to make an income. Loss of use insurance covers this liability. Coverage With Your Credit Card If you use your credit card, you may be covered for some amount of rental car insurance, even trip cancellation. Check your credit card contract to see what it already covers, or call your credit card company and ask. Your insurance will be void under the following conditions: Are drunk or on drugs while driving Are speeding Don't report the accident to the police and have a copy of the police report Misuse or neglect the car Allow another person to drive the car if they are not designated as an additional driver Have an accident while driving outside of Turkey Important Considerations Different rental car companies have different policies. The above is only a guideline of what you can expect while renting a car in Turkey. Be sure to read the insurance coverage explanations on the back of your confirmation voucher or other documentation to know exactly what is covered, and for how much. If you already have car insurance, you may already be covered for some of the above contingencies when you rent a car. But if you file a claim on your own company policy, you will likely face higher deductibles for the next few years. If you opt for the rental car insurance, you won't have to worry about higher car insurance premiums if you have an accident. Cars are very expensive in Turkey. Even if you are renting the same car in Turkey that you have at home, the Turkish rental car may have up to three times the value of your car back home, and your insurance company may not pay the entire cost of repairs since it is based on your personal car's value, not a Turkish rental car. In the end, it is probably a safer bet to get the insurance coverage offered by the car rental company, and use that instead. See Also Car Rental in Turkey: A guide to renting a car in Turkey. Driving in Turkey: A guide for safe driving while in Turkey. Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: If you have questions or comments about cars or driving in Turkey, please post them in our forum. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  6. When you first start driving in Turkey, it can be a little scary, especially if you are from Europe, the UK, or the USA, where traffic laws are more closely followed and more strictly enforced. It might take you a few days to get used to it. Here's some useful information to help you get to that point. Driving in Turkey with a Foreign Driving License You can drive in Turkey on a foreign license for up to six months. So if you are in Turkey on holiday, and want to rent a car, your foreign license is fine. But if you live in Turkey, once you reach six months of residence, you must get a Turkish driving license. If you drive with a foreign license after being a resident of Turkey for six months, you can not only expect to be fined for doing so, but if you have an accident, your insurance company won't pay out. And most reputable car rental companies won't rent a car to foreigners who have had a residence permit for more than six months but don't have a Turkish driving license. What You Must Have In Your Car You must have a first aid kit and a reflective warning triangle in your car. If you are renting a car, these should be provided. A fire extinguisher is not mandatory, but a very good idea, as is a tow rope or cable, jumper cable, and snow chains if you are in an area subject to snowfall. You can get these kinds of accessories in kits at most petrol stations and home improvement stores. Speed Limits in Turkey Speed limits are in kilometers per hour. They are not always posted-you are usually expected to know the speed limit according to where you are. They are as follows: 120 KPH: Major highways and toll roads. You will see this posted when you enter a major highway. 90 KPH: On normal highways and secondary roads outside of city or town limits. 50 KPH: Within city or town limits. You will know when you are in a town when you see a blue sign with white letters with the name of the town on it. Reduce your speed to 50 KPH. When you leave the town, you will see the same sign with a red slash across it. At this point you may increase your speed to 90 KPH. You will see speed limit signs posted in areas where reduced speed is required because of a curve, grade, road construction or other special circumstance. Tips for Safer Driving in Turkey Many Turks drive with the "nose-in" rule. That is, if they can get the front of their car in ahead of yours, they have the right of way. This is not literally true, but the driving reflects the philosophy. Here are some tips for safe driving: Expect the unexpected. Don't assume other drivers will act or react the way a reasonably intelligent person would. Drive defensively Wear safety belts Put children in the back seat, in child safety seats if appropriate Use your signals, but don't expect others to use them, or heed them. Use your horn and lights to alert other motorists and pedestrians of your approach. If you are in the back of a traffic slow-down or traffic jam, turn on your emergency flashers to warn drivers approaching from behind. Keep your car, including lights, turn signals, and horn, in good working condition. Avoid driving in rain, snow, or at night. If you must do so, be extra alert. If confronted by another driver with "road rage," lock your doors, roll up your windows, and get away if you can. Call the police when you can do so safely. Watch your rear-view mirrors, especially the right one. Double check with a glance. Watch for vehicles in your blind spot, Turkish drivers seldom avoid them. Don't expect other drivers, especially those driving trucks or buses, to give you the right of way, even if you are supposed to have it. What You Can Expect Passing on the right. Passing on the left, even when you are signalling and preparing to make a left turn. Passing on blind curves. Passing you when you are passing someone else. Sudden stops, without pulling off the roadway, by drivers unloading cargo or passengers. Sudden turns without signalling. Sudden lane changes. Left turns from the right lane and right turns from the left lane. Inattentive drivers in a hurry, especially during rush hour. Inattentive (even oblivious) pedestrians running or walking into traffic. Drivers using their horn or lights. It usually means "I'm coming through, or "get out of my way!" Vehicles parked on the road lights off. Vehicles with no lights at night. Slow-moving tractors or horse-drawn carriages without reflectors or lights at night. Inattentive or unskilled drivers. Rocks or tree branches in the road. In rural areas these are used as a substitute for a reflective warning triangle. Smooth pavement with little traction, especially when raining or snowing. Vehicles traveling in reverse, especially on exit ramps. Vehicles driving on the wrong side of the road. Flashing of high-beams at oncoming traffic or leaving high-beams on. Vehicles following too close, flashing headlights and sounding of the horn when you are in the left lane of a highway. Unregulated intersections. As a general rule, the larger street has the right of way, or is supposed to anyway. Emergency Telephone Numbers Ambulance: 112 Traffic Police: 154 Police: 155 Jandarma: 156 What To Do In Case of an Accident If you have a traffic accident in the city, call the traffic police. If you are in a rural area, call the Jandarma. Call an ambulance if there are any injuries. Don't move your vehicle. This can be interpreted as tampering with the accident scene, or even fleeing. Aid the injured, warn oncoming traffic, and wait for the police. Car Repairs In cities, the car repair shops are in an industrial area on the outskirts of the city, called a sanayı (sah-nah-yuh), or industrial zone. In these areas you will have many car repair shops to choose from. Driving During Turkish Holidays During Ramazan (Ramadan), most Turks fast from dawn till dusk. They do not eat, drink (even water), or smoke. This lack of food, caffeine, and nicotine can make for very inattentive driving and short tempers, especially at the end of the day. Şeker Bayram (Sugar Holiday) is a week of eating, drinking, and visiting family which comes just after the end of Ramazan. Accident rates during this time are much higher than the rest of the year, because of the number of vehicles on the road. Other major holiday periods are also more dangerous times to drive. See Also Turkish for Driving: Basic Turkish words and phrases which can help you while you're on the road. Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: If you have a question about driving in Turkey, please ask it in the forum. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  7. Police Checkpoints If you drive for any long distance in Turkey, you'll likely come across a police checkpoint. A police car will be parked on the side of the roads, and traffic cones arranged to form a lane for the vehicles being checked. In most cases, as soon as the police learn that you are a foreigner and driving a rental car, they will waive you on. If in doubt about the signal they are giving, pull over anyway to make sure. Police checks are set up for three main reasons: Routine license, registration, and insurance checks Drunk driver checks, where drivers must blow into a portable alcohol sensor Searches for weapons and certain individuals (more common in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey) Drunk driver checkpoints are usually located on roads just outside of tourist resorts and in areas near establishments where alcohol is served. If you are stopped by a police checkpoint, pull over, remain in your car, turn off the engine and roll down your window. If you are stopped at night, turn off your headlights and turn on your interior light. It enables the police to see the interior of the vehicle and puts them more at ease. It is always a good idea to keep your hands where they can be seen, and not make any sudden moves which might be misinterpreted. Be prepared to show them your passport or residence permit, driving license, car registration, and insurance papers. In rental cars, these documents are normally kept in a small booklet kept under a strap on the driver's side sun visor. Speed (Radar) Traps Police also conduct radar operations as a checkpoint. A car, sometimes unmarked, will point a hand-held or dash-mounted radar at approaching traffic and measure their speed. You'll be allowed to drive by, but the radar operator will radio ahead to other policemen who will signal you to pull over. If you get a ticket, the back of the ticket will tell you where you can pay the fine (typically at a bank or a PTT, or Turkish post office). If you don't pay the ticket within the time specified on the back of the ticket, the fine will double, then double again after more time has passed. See Also Driving in Turkey: Helpful guides to driving safely in Turkey. Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: For discussion and questions about driving in Turkey, please post in our forum. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  8. Toll Highways (Otoyol) Depending on where you are driving in Turkey, you may come across an otoyol, which is a modern highway where the speed limit is 120 KPH. Otoyols also have rest stops with petrol stations, restaurants, and other travel necessities strategically placed along their lengths. These are toll roads, and the only way you can pay the toll is by registering with the Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi (heez-lee geh-jees see-steh-mee) [HGS]), which means "Fast Pass System." This involves pre-paying into the system, and mounting an HGS transponder on the inside of your vehicle's windshield behind the rear view mirror. The transponder is really not much more than a sticker. It allows you to breeze through HGS toll booths without even slowing down. If you are renting a car, ask your car rental company if your itinerary will require an HGS transponder before you set off on your journey. If so, they should give you a car which already has a transponder on it. How to Get an HGS Transponder For Your Vehicle Go to any PTT, (Turkish Post Office), or to a Turkish bank with your visa or residence permit Pay 5TL for the transponder, and 30TL for tolls in advance Mount the sticker-transponder they give you as described above If you have an account at a Turkish bank, ask them about having the your HGS account automatically topped up from your bank account. Alternatives to Toll Highways Using the HGS System If you come upon an otoyol and don't have the HGS system, you can use secondary roads which run alongside it. You will have to enter the secondary road well before you come to the toll highway entrance, so keep an eye out for the exit as soon as you realize you are approaching a toll road. If you miss the turn, there may be no way to turn around. If you go through the automatic toll system without an HGS transponder, an alarm will sound, a camera will take a photo of the car and license plate, and a fine will be assessed which is ten times the toll amount. Most toll amounts are around two or three Turkish Lira, so expect a fine of 20 to 30 Turkish Lira. Toll Bridges and Tunnels The bridges going in and out of Istanbul use only the HGS system. Bridges (and tunnels) in other parts of the country are not part of the HGS system, and usually have toll collection systems run by private contractors or local municipalities, so they accept cash. The HGS Smartphone Application You can download an HGS application in the Google Play and Apple Store. Just search for "HGS." With the HGS app, you can check the balance on your HGS account and top it up using a credit card. See Also Cars, Car Insurance, and Driving in Turkey Forum: If you have questions about the HGS system or driving in Turkey, please post them in the forum. External Links HGS Customer Services: In Turkish. On the PTT website, this page provides a variety of customer service options regarding your HGS account. Road, Bridge, and Tunnel Tolls in Turkey: From the General Directorate of Highways, provides a linked list of all motorways, bridges and tunnels subject to tolls. Click on the links to find out how much the toll is for each kind of vehicle. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  9. Hi all,Can I validate my Dubai driving license or should I go through all the tests again In Turkey? Sam...
  10. Hiya, Have many driven to Turkey from the UK? I am going to make the trip as my Mrs. wants certain things brought over when we make the move in October. Any tips would be most welcome, safest way, what to avoid etc., what not to bring. Just peoples' experiences would help. Many thanks in anticipation of your replies.
  11. Nothing special, it is a six year old Astra turbo. It cost somewhere between two and three times what an equivalent car would have cost me in the UK. The equivalent price for Turks must be much more given the lower average wage in Turkey. To change the ownership of the car both we and the seller had to go to the Notary Public where the change of ownership paper was filled out, the money(cash) noted and given to the sellers. We got all the tax and insurance sorted out and new licence plates issued on Friday. My stepsons will be doing most of the driving, but it seems that for a fee and some other documents I can swap my UK driving licence for a Turkish one without having to take another test.
  12. Any resident foreigners out there who have completed a local driver's course and test to get a Turkish driver's license? My friend has been driving for years on a U. S. license and wants to get legal. Looking for comments / information.
  13. Recently Turkish government decided to change the driving license appointment system (Randevu) from Emniyet to Nufus and before it was really easy to get appointment from the Emniyet website and it only took few seconds. But now since they changed it from 2nd of April the Nufus system doesn't work for citizens of other countries and they can't apply for a drivers license. I wanted to know if anyone is experiencing the same issue
  14. I am new to the forum though not to Turkey. I have a transponder on my car for tolls but the condition doesn't look too good after four years. Does anyone have experience of driving through the tolls with one like this?
  15. Hello . Can anybody advise me about the following please . I am a Brit who wants to drive my Cyprus registered ( South not North ) car through Turkey and on to UK . A friend of mine did this last year ( 2016 ) and passed through heading to UK with no problems . When he came back in September , he was advised that a new law had come into effect after the attempted coup that a car could only be driven by a driver of the same nationality as the cars country of registration . So , a Brit like me could not drive a Cyprus registered vehicle through Turkey . Is this the case ?? Thanks in advance .
  16. Traffic is the biggest problem in Turkey, especially in İstanbul. People have a hard time because of the traffic problems in İstanbul. İstanbul has many traffic problems such as, not subway, uneducated drivers, unplanned roads and many cars. Moreover, government know that, These problems have patmanent solutions. However, government can’t maket them. To begin with İstanbul is unplanned place. Roads and traffic’s field are jumble. For example, every morning mecidiyekoy, taksim and fisrt river are crowded so many cars can’t go along. In addition, Navigation devices improved day by day. People can’t use it in İstanbul because streets and roads aren’t properly and regular. Another problem is uneducated drivers in İstanbul. Turkey, especially in İstanbul driver’s license is served in a short period of three months so many traffic accidents and traffic problems are happening in banglore. To demostrate, drivers get license quarterly but they can’t be trainee so roads are filled with many amateur drivers. Last but mot least, İstanbul is a really crowded city. There are 15 million people so car’s companies buy a lot of car i n İstanbul then many accidents and deaths happen on. For instance, Although expensive oil gives banks credit to allow people to take cars and people are stil continue to get the car this will adversely affect trafic of İstanbul. Lastly, people have drafted the subway for last years in İstanbul. Subway is really important for regular city and smooth traffic. Many countries tihs infrastructure was built years ago but the foundation this year, was thrown in İstanbul. Unfortunetly this situation is a bitter truth. To sum up, traffic problems increased in İstanbul day by day. These problems causes accident and deaths. There are uneducated drivers, unplanned roads and field, buying many cars and not subway. Transportation is a considerable factor for people but in İstanbul alone it isn’t important. If you want to get help and information , I give you some important agencies concerning with special driving courses which you get special driving lessons in istanbul traffic. Please note Here are some links with driving courses agencies in İstanbul; Direksiyon Eğitimi Merkezi Direksiyon Dersi Direksiyon Merkezi By written Burak Avcı Driving Academy in İstanbul
  17. So I have just received my Turkish residence permit and I wanted to apply for a Turkish driving license. I haven't had any driving license so im a new driver.also I checked that they need my school certificate and sone other stuff which I already have.but the thing it says they also need criminal record check for getting driving license. Where should I get the criminal record for driving license?
  18. Am I right in thinking it is 110kmph for a car? I read conflicting info - Wikipedia says 110km other sources say that is so only if carriageways are separated by a metal barrier. What about the thousands of kms of new-ish inter city dual carriageways that only have a very dangerous looking v-shaped concrete rain gully in the middle?
  19. Thanks for any advice given, myself and a couple of friends wish to motorcycle out to Turkey from UK, next summer 2017 while I will be staying at my property for 4-5 weeks they will need to return to UK, my question is this as I'm staying can I put their bike details on my passport so enabling them to leave Turkey after a few days by flighing home to return a few weeks later for our trip back. Or is there another solution ? Which doesn't involve leaving bikes custom compound. The bikes would be under lock and key in my garage. I've driven out four times already, but never on my bike. Many thanks once again Charlie Harry
  20. My wife is a driving school instructor and running her own driving school in Algeria. As we plan to move to Turkey, can she work as a driving instructor, does she need a work permit? If any one can advise and give details and procedures thanks
  21. Hi There, We are taking part in a charity drive from London to Mongolia and have been involved in a pretty bad crash just out of Gallipoli. All three of us are ok but the car got hit on the side by a bus going 100+kph and we are pretty sure it is totaled. We are all from Australia and the car is registered in the UK. I guess we are just seeking suggestions or assistance regarding import taxes etc if the car is not drivable otherwise ways in which we can get it out of the country as to avoid paying hefty import taxes? Also, we bought insurance on the boarder but we are not sure if it is comprehensive or 3rd party only. The car itself is worth less than 600GBP as it was only ment to get us to mongolia but it now has upwards of 5000 in damages! We speak no turkish. Any help would be much appreciated! Thankyou Harry
  22. Just wondering if anyone is planning on bringing their car to Turkey this summer who might want some help with the driving. I have done this trip maybe 5 times so I know the routes. I would like to bring some boaty bits with me - only a couple of items as his is the easiest way to do it. I could be available between June and September.
  23. Hi I have bought a scooter and have a residents permit tax number and kimlik number. When the garage man tries to obtain the number plate and types in the tax or kimlik number as asked on the form it comes back systen down try again, I have checked the same with my wifes numbers and get the same answer, however when the guy typed in another Englishman he had sold to his came up straight away with his name on the form. Do I have to go totheNufus office and tell them I am living in Turkey before I can register my scooter, or is there another problem any one knows about? John
  24. I am relocating from T to Spain as a permant adress,but will nontheless spend several months a year in T,preferably on a normal 3 month visa. Since I have 2 dogs that I woul newer,newer send as hold lugage I will probably drive from Spai to T and back 2 times each year(neither as hard,nor as expensive as it sounds if you have the time and considering the dogs "airfare"!!!) While staying in T I would have to make short trips out of the country. 1. I have heard that T enters a foreigners car into his passport when coming to T. Is this correct? 2. I have heard that it is imposible to leave T withouth the car for even a few day,is this correct? 3. I have heard that it might be posible to put the vihicle in "bonded storage" if you need to be out of T briefly,is this correct and if so,is it a practical option given cost and work(red tape hazzle) involved. Maybe there is somthing abouth putting down a giant deposit(the car would be expensive in T) ,which it would probably take a lawyer to reclaim. 4. I do own a car in Turkey,can I own a car(its not tax free,but M plate),withouth a recidency permit. Theese are very important issues for me since I would find it hard to live for extended periods in T withouth a car. If I cannot bring a Spanish car to T I wouls have to park it in Greece for up to of 3 months twice a year and enter withouth it with 2 dogs in tow,which I find downright comical. And by the way turing is useless,rather reminds me of THY costumer service :-) !!!
  25. Hello We are hoping to come and live in Turkey next year and I am looking at the easiest way to drive there. I would have loved to drive the Italy/ Izmir route but its not in service anymore. Now we have Turkish tv at home and my OH has seen an advert for the car train from Germany to Istanbul. Has anyone used this or have any information about it.??? thanks Dawn
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