Turkey had made a range of changes to streamline transport-related applications and improve road safety. These changes introduce online applications, as well as reduce the fees and document requirements for obtaining authorization certificates.

The Road Transport Regulation (“Regulation”) was published in Official Gazette number 30295 on 5 January 2018, entering into effect on the same date.

The Regulation removes the prior requirement to make physical applications, while simultaneously introducing an online application system for this purpose. Applications will now be made electronically via the e-Government system.

The e-Government system will now be used to:

  • Conclude transportation and agency agreements.
  • Establish vehicle cards.
  • Organize timetables, rates and routes.
  • Compile branch and agency lists.

The Regulation makes many amendments to authorization certificates, which generally reduce the required documents, as well as the fees for some certificates and renewals. Authorization certificates will now be requested via e-Government.

Legal persons are now required to have an e-mail address in order to obtain an authorization certificate and notifications will be made electronically.

Driving trainings will now be obligatory for drivers. Institutions under the Ministry of National Education will offer trainings of at least seven hours of practical and theoretical lectures per year.

The Transportation Electronic Monitoring and Control System has also been established, to monitor passengers, goods and shipments. Authority-holders must record the following information in this system:

  • Trips.
  • License plates.
  • Passenger information.
  • Delivery descriptions
  • Status of trips and deliveries.

Please see this link for the full text of the Regulation (only available in Turkish).

Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal update newsletter produced by Moroğlu Arseven.