Traffic Rules in Turkey

Traffic Rules in Turkey


Traffic rules in Turkey are almost no different from the usual rules of drivers of the former CIS. Turkish drivers have some nuances and behaviors that need to be kept in mind and be extremely careful.


Speed limit: in settlements – 50 km / h, outside settlements — 90 km / h, on highways — 120 km / h.

Low beam: it is mandatory during the day only in conditions of insufficient visibility and in tunnels.

Seat belts: Both front and rear passengers must be secured.

children under 12 years of age, less than 1.5 meters and weighing up to 36 kg can ride only in the backseat. children under 135 cm should travel only on special seats.

Mobile use: Handsfree – headset or speaker only.

First aid kit and reflective triangle: must necessarily be present. Be sure to check this out as well when renting a car.

Alcohol: The maximum permissible blood alcohol level in Turkey is slightly higher - 0.5 ‰. That is, it is allowed to have a little drink before getting behind the wheel. However, it is better not to do this: the concentration of attention decreases, which is very dangerous on Turkish roads; in case of an accident and the presence of alcohol in the blood, the auto insurance becomes invalid.


International traffic signs are used in Turkey, there are only a few differences:

The "STOP" sign says "STOP" in Turkish instead of "STOP;
The sign "Parking is forbidden" looks normal, but the same sign but on a white background means that parking is allowed, but time is limited;
When entering a settlement, specify not only the name, but also the number of residents;
The angle of inclination is not indicated on the signs warning against landings and descents.

Translation of some other inscriptions on signs:

Ice - Ice
Dead end street - Dead end street
Attention - Attention
Stop - Stop
Turn on the headlights - Turn on the headlights
Cannot enter - The entrance is closed
Tire - Tire shop and minor repairs
Highway - Highway
Park Area - Recreation facility
Parking is not allowed/ not allowed - Parking is prohibited
Parking Space - Parking Space
Overtaking is prohibited - there is no way
No Registration Required - No login required
Dangerous - Dangerous
Tekyon (Tek yon) - One-Way traffic
Ucretli Gecis - Toll Road
Slippery Path of Yagista - Slippery Path
Slowly - Reduce the speed
Drive slowly - Reduce speed
The way depistirme - Winding Road
The road is closed - The road is closed
Road construction - Road work


Traffic Police (Traffic Police) are dressed in blue uniforms and can drive both cars and motorcycles of white and blue color.

The Traffic Police has the right to stop the vehicle even if the traffic police has not been violated: 

to verify documents; in the process of an anti-terrorist operation;
to control alcohol poisoning.

It is not recommended to refuse to take an alcohol test - the police may automatically recognize you while you are drunk. 

An accident report (accident report) police protocol has been prepared for the accident. Without it, the insurance company will not compensate for the damage. The fine is best to pay immediately on the spot to a policeman who writes the receipt. In this case, you will receive a 25% discount on the amount of the penalty. We do not recommend that you agree to pay a fine without a receipt with a policeman: firstly, Turkish policemen often value their workplace and reputation; secondly, even if there are high penalties, it will cost you much more to "negotiate".


It is 144 TL that the seat belt is not worn, children are transported incorrectly, parked in the wrong place, and garbage is thrown out of the vehicle.
In the absence of a driver's license or driver's license, the use of a mobile phone while driving costs 314 TL.
Exceeding the permissible speed:
10-30 - 314 TL per cent,
30-50 - 652 TL per cent,
over 50 percent – 1340 TL.
The red light fee is 1340 TL.
Driving without a license(s) is 2698 TL.
Driving while drunk:
1. price - 1340 TL,
2. price - 1679 TL,
3. price - 2698 TL.
Unreadable license plate (for example, contaminated) costs 551 TL.
The fake license plate is 6687 TL.


Turkey is one of the first places in Europe in terms of the number of accidents, primarily due to local driving traditions.

Here are some of them:

Turkish drivers buzz very often: at the slightest delay at traffic lights, when they see the wrong maneuver of another driver, when they greet each other, and in many other cases honk their horns. Accept it as a given and treat it philosophically - "warm blood".
Switching to the red light of the traffic light is a common thing for Turkish drivers. If the road is empty - why wait? That's the principle.
The same applies to Turkish pedestrians: it is a common occurrence that the road passes a red light in the wrong place and comes out of nowhere.
The "right hand" rule practically does not work in Turkey. Therefore, be very careful at intersections.
There are a lot of scooters and motorcycles on Turkish roads, these are the most dangerous road users who follow almost no rules.
In Turkey, drivers also give a headlight signal to oncoming drivers, warning that the police are in front of them.
In Turkey, there may be "Cuts" and overtakes from the right, overtaking on "blind" turns on serpentines in the mountains, sudden stops and landing of passengers, a left turn from the second and even the third row, frequent situations on Turkish roads, so be VERY careful.

The Traffic Police (Traffic Police) in Turkey is more loyal than in the former CIS countries. For example, it is possible to travel by a red light or to "scold" for the intersection of double solids, usually only symbolically. For excessive speed, as a rule, a fine is imposed: you can not get along, because the data on the radar is immediately recorded in a centralized database.