Turkey's Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and
Communications has issued regulatory amendments intended to clarify
certain detailed procedural issues in the road transport sector,
which have been subject to different interpretations. The
clarifications aim to increase certainty in international road
transport activities and mostly apply to authorization certificate
The Regulation Amending the Road Transport Regulation was
published in Official Gazette number 29702 on 4 May 2016
("Amendment Regulation"), entering into effect on the
Significant clarifications made by the Amendment Regulation
If one party to a lease agreement
holds an authorization certificate, further notarization will not
Post can be transferred by road
transport, provided authorization is obtained pursuant to the
Postal Services Code numbered 6475.
International non-scheduled passenger
transportation must use a single border gate and cannot change the
A fee reduction will be made for
parties requesting an authorization certificate for a single
Firms conducting international and
domestic cargo transportation can now execute agency agreements
with domestic cargo transportation agencies.
Permanent warnings on authorization
certificates are removed, along with cancellations of authorization
certificates due to the warnings. All warnings on the authorization
certificates will be removed before the change, renewal,
combination of authorization certificates.
A vehicle's authorization
certificate will be removed if:
The vehicle is not inspected within
30 days of the statutory time period.
The vehicle is older than the age
determined under the Regulation.
The vehicle does not have required
The requirement to notify the related
authorities within 60 days after a vehicle is removed has been
Various regulation has been
introduced to prevent repeated penalties. Several provisions have
been cancelled regarding requirements to cease activities.
If a tax registration becomes
inactive, authorization certificates which require active tax
obligations will temporarily cease, rather than be cancelled.
Authorization will be re-granted once their tax registration is
If an authorization certificate has
been cancelled due to 50 or more warnings, forfeiture of the
minimum capacity requirement, or not being an active tax payer by 4
May 2016, the authority-holder can apply to retake their
(cancelled) authorization certificate until 1 August 2017. If all
conditions are met, a new authorization certificate will be issued
after payment of 15% of the applicable authorization
A renewal fee (for the first time)
will not be requested from legal persons whose authorization
certificate was cancelled due to 50 or more warnings given,
forfeiture of the minimum capacity requirement, or not being an
active tax payer by 4 May 2016, provided they have already taken
same type of authorization certificate by paying the whole
Please see this link for full text of the Amendment
Regulation (only available in Turkish).
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