New traffic rules came into effect. The new rules that will improve safety on the roads are of interest to both vehicles and passengers. In this context, “child restraint systems” have become mandatory in minibuses, taxis and buses.
What Are the New Traffic Rules Entered into Force?
According to the news in Hürriyet, the Highway Traffic Regulation Amendments were prepared with the contributions of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change under the coordination of the Ministry of Interior. The prepared regulation change came into effect as of August 16.
In line with the Highway Traffic Safety Strategy Document and Action Plan covering the years 2011 to 2030, significant changes were made in two articles of the regulation. In this context, child seat belts have been made mandatory in taxis, minibuses and buses.
In taxis, there will be at least one “child restraint system”, in other words “three-point seat belts”, at least one-tenth of the total number of seats, in buses that carry at least one minibus and intercity passenger transport and that are required to have and use seat belts within the scope of this article. .
According to the information conveyed, the provision was added to the regulation in question that “The driver and passengers of the vehicles in which transactions are made pursuant to Article 78 of the Law No.
With the addition of the aforementioned provision, the provision “Certain drivers and passengers are required to use protective equipment while driving vehicles”, which was regulated in Article 78 of the Highway Traffic Law, entered the regulation.
An important regulation was also made about motorcycles. In addition to the helmet, which is currently mandatory for electric bicycle, motorcycle and motor bike drivers, it is also required to wear “colored or colorless glasses that will protect the eye against external influences, do not hinder vision, and do not disrupt normal appearance”.
Alpay Lök, Vice President of TURKEY Association for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents, made a statement on the subject. Lök stated that changes are of great importance in terms of reducing accidents, and that the next step should be to switch to the “child-seat taxi” application, which comes to the station with notification, as in Germany.
Lök stated that in addition to the use of reflective vests on motorcycles, scooters and bicycles during night driving, it is obligatory to have reflective vests in cars and to wear them by both the driver and passengers in case of standing by the roadside at night.