The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has said that the government has lost over 52 million TL in revenues over the last three years from unpaid road licence fees. Over 46,000 vehicles do not have MOTs.
Luxury cars come top of the list. Additionally, there are over 4,000 unlicensed motorcycles.
Road users complain that the vehicle licenses are too expensive and that the conditions of the roads are extremely poor, damaging tyres and adding extra wear and tear on their vehicles. They also say that a downturn in the economy, rising fuel prices and the devaluation of the Turkish lira have forced them to chose between what debts they can pay.
Motorists have suggested that a new amnesty law should be introduced and that those who regularly pay for their road licences should receive a discount.