As of 18th December it will be compulsory to have safety belts for the rear seats of cars.
This law only governs “those vehicles which are either newly manufactured or have existing seat belt systems”. However, special categories of car may be exempt after that date if they are for example, rally or classic cars.
The head of the Traffic Department Ahmet Havanik stated that: “No-one is obliged to fit rear seat belts but they will not be allowed to carry rear seat passengers”. He went on to say: “It is also absolutely forbidden to carry children under the age of three without child safety seats”.
Fine for non-compliance will be up to half the monthly minimum wage, 650TL.