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Old 4th February 2011, 23:06   #1 (permalink)
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is getting a turkish license essential?

i ride a scooter and the family car about---i often get stopped on my scooter for my total disreguard of the rules--ie riding with no helmet on main roads but the police just wave me on because i have a uk license with european status--i am wondering if i am totaly legal to drive the family car because i hear everyone applying for them here?-the car is insured for anyone qualified but there is a nagging thought!--my wife is turkish and owns our car--she tends to poo poo laws!
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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

I've been told on many occasions that we should get a Turkish license after 1 year,but like you i still use my UK one,no problems with plod so far........
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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

i tend to agree with you--plod cant read but they can see the symbols and the euro flag and gently wave me on with a royal salute!!--i have never been fined despite being stopped dozens of times!
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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

..i have had my uk licence (the paper and the photo one ) translated to turkish and notarised with my uk address., if you get the turkish licence ,the details are exactly the same..i have been stopped loads of times by traffic polis and never had a problem ..i also have it written into my insurance that this is acceptable..i went to get a turkish licence a couple of years ago and this is what i was told when i had to get document signed at the traffic polis office ..i know a few people here will disagree .,especially the ones that have already forked out a lot of money for one ..but each to their own.for peace of mind
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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

This is a perfect example of how difficult it is to do the right thing in Turkey. No matter who you ask, from cop to lawyer, you will get a different response. It ends up with us squabbling amongst ourselves on this forum.

For what it´s worth, my lawyer´s point of view and local traffic police, it is not the police, but the insurance company that must be satisfied. If you get into a serious accident you can probably argue the toss about the validity of your UK licence with the police, but if the insurance company don´t accept it you are in deep trouble. But how likely is an insurance company to try to squirm out of paying - not likely?

If you are not Resident in Turkey you certainly do not need a Turkish licence - I think everyone agrees on that (probably).

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PS I use my Turkish licence when hiring cars in UK.

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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

..your right Ian the laws in turkey are swings and roundabouts here ..also may vary for region to region .with different belvederes.. if it puts peoples mind at ease then get the turkish license,i have a friend here in kusadasi with the same documents as i have.and been involved in 3 accidents and every time the insurance paid out ...could be lluck of the draw i suppose ..but 3 times ..i think i will take my chances on what the traffic polis advised me...
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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

i think the problem will be god forbid , if you have a really serious accident were somone get's injured and the police are involved . his it really worth taking a chance . dave
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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

Agreed.

Can you spell Turkish Jail

Jokes asıde the thought of badly ınjurıng someone and all that ıntaıls - let alone ın a forıegn country...

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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

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i ride a scooter and the family car about---i often get stopped on my scooter for my total disreguard of the rules--ie riding with no helmet on main roads but the police just wave me on because i have a uk license with european status--i am wondering if i am totaly legal to drive the family car because i hear everyone applying for them here?-the car is insured for anyone qualified but there is a nagging thought!--my wife is turkish and owns our car--she tends to poo poo laws!

I see a couple of what could be problems, you say the car is insured for anyone who is qualified, it's not the insurance that matters, it's who is on your Ruhsat and does the car have turkish or Yabanci plates. Regarding the license, yes there are different views on here, but to be LEGAL, if you do not LIVE in the UK you are not entitled to a UK license, again to be LEGAL you need to have a UK address to renew your license, in mine and my husbands case we do not have a UK address and our photos ran out, so we have tukish licenses, saves anymore hassle as they are valid for life and are valid in the UK (for up to 12 months). Hope this helps.
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Re: is getting a turkish license essential?

i have a uk address and the car is owned by my Turkish wife(me) and has turkish plates on --as is my scooter--i get stopped by the police regularly on my scooter and they just check my licence/ ownership details and they just let me pass. İ reckon the fact i dont speak Turkish helps because they look bemused and dont want the trouble of trying to make me understand.
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