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of the new millennium, the Turkish government decided to reduce the country’s high number of accidents, retire outdated vehicles and require regu-lar expert inspections of all other vehicles in accordance with European standards.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.