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Bursa

Winds of change

Since 2008, TÜVTÜRK has been responsible for conducting the regular inspection of all Turkish vehicles — including motorcycles, cars and tractors. A state-of-the-art, stringent inspection system has made an impact, with the number of traffic fatalities declining each year.

 

leg 9  ■  Rajahmundry ➡ Bursa  ■  6,200 km  ■  Arrival 19.11.2015, 8:30 am  ■  travel time 129 hrs ■  19°C  ■  Total distance 55,550 km

The sun is shining, the water glistens. It’s nine o’clock in the morning on a beautiful day in Mudanya, a health resort on the Sea of Marmara. A Volkswagen Caddy bearing the blue logo of TÜVTÜRK—the same octagon as that of its German parent company TÜV SÜD—drives across the large seaside plaza. After parking the car, two technicians follow a set routine, using barrier tape and cones, to set up a mo-bile testing station. Lastly, they mount a camera onto the roof of the car to record everything—as documentation and as a safe-guard against corruption.

The inspections can now begin. The first tractor, a red Erkunt, is already waiting. It swiftly moves into the testing zone. By now, tractor operators across the country are familiar with this procedure. At the beginning of the new millennium, the Turkish government decided to reduce the country’s high number of accidents, retire outdated vehicles and require regu-lar expert inspections of all other vehicles in accordance with European standards. In cooperation with two partner companies, TÜV SÜD then built a nationwide network of inspection centers in Turkey, which went into operation in 2008. As a service for the farmers in rural Anatolia, this includes over one hundred mobile stations that are also equipped for farm machinery.

 

Thoroughly Inspected

Vehicle testing at TÜVTÜRK

 

 

Following a precise protocol, inspector Rahmi Aksu and his co-worker carry out the inspection. Lights, horn, tires and other technical details are inspected, as well as the paperwork. The brake test comes last. Ibrahim, the tractor operator, accelerates to top speed and clatters down the beach towards a marker. At a signal from Rahmi Aksu, he slams on the brakes hard. The tractor stops after a few yards to pass the inspection and receive a sticker.

At the same time, across the Sea of Marmara (a 90-minute high-speed ferry ride away) in the middle of Istanbul, there is already a crowd in front of the Dudullu station, one of the largest TÜVTÜRK inspection centers in Turkey. Nearly one hundred cars wait in front of the inspection facility. Some days it’s 150.

The TÜVTÜRK station is modern and customer-friendly, with a welcoming reception lobby, a cozy lounge overlooking the inspection facility and even a small café where vehicle owners can wait. Six lanes are available for processing vehicles. Station Manager Aydinç Akta says: “Our work is very important to Turkey’s road safety. We're making an important contribution to society."

People in Turkey are proud of this vehicle inspection system, one of the most advanced in the world. Most vehicle own-ers are unfazed by the fact that inspections are noticeably more stringent now than in the pre-TÜVTÜRK era. After all, these inspections are aimed at ensuring safety. In 2008, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 34 people per 100,000 vehicles were killed in Turkish traffic accidents; by 2013, the total was under 21.

In Dudullu, the first applicants get their vehicles back in just 20 minutes. They now display the well-known octagonal inspection seal. And it’s “Güle Güle”: “Bye Bye” and see you in two years!

 

Facts & Figures

2008

Start of country-wide vehicle inspections by TÜVTÜRK. 

 

 200

Number of fixed inspection stations in all of Turkey.

 

3.500

Total number of TÜVTÜRK employees.

 

9

million general inspections are conducted annually.

 

40 %

decrease in deadly traffic accidents in Turkey since 2008.