|Rent a Car Terms and Conditions
All cars in Turkey have a set of documents that must be carried in the car at all times while driving. These documents include the vehicle registration, details of the owner, proof of minimum traffic insurance and any other insurance if applicable.
Tourists visiting Turkey for a vacation do not need an international driving or a translation of their national driving license. The driver of any vehicle in Turkey must carry a valid driving license at all times while driving.
All cars in Turkey must have minimum traffic insurance. All registered carhire companies offer full vehicle insurance as part of the rental price. Personal Accident Insurance is not usually included as standard since most tourists are covered by either their own insurance or their holiday insurance. PAI is available from most carhire companies at an additional premium on collection of the car.
Rates include Third Party Insurance (up to legal limits), Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection. Insurance (CDW) does not cover windscreen and headlight breakage, type punctures and theft of spare tyre. This can be waived by buying optional HTW (Headlight, Tyres, Windscreen) insurance for groups ( Economy, Mid Range & 4&4); at GBP 3 per day and for other groups ; at GBP 5 per day. However, collision damage waiver is void if driver is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, had passed the legal speed limits, the traffic report is not obtained from the police, damaged car and traffic report not returned to the nearest Fethiye Rent a Car office in 48 hours. Insurance also does not cover the damages due to the misuse of the car and damages caused by gross negligence. Exceptions to CDW insurance : Antenna, trays, damage to car lock, loss or damage to keys, windshield wipers, mirrors, glass, wheels, tires, spare key and car jack, hubcap, lights, gas cap, warning triangles, damage to the upholstery of the car, extreme dirtiness in the car, underside damage, damage due to negligence, tire punctures and burst tires, fuel errors, damage to child seats and baby seats, lack of electricity because of forgotten turn on electrical devices. If the car/cars are stolen, the car keys not returned to nearest office, the customer may be responsible for paying rental fee up to the date the car/cars founded (where applicable). This limit is only 30 days. If the car/cars are not founded at the end of this limit, the client does not pay any rental fee for further days when CDW is bought and police is informed at the time of the theft.
In the event of any accident involving damage to a vehicle or injury to people, the incident must be reported to the local Gendarmerie and the rental company immediately. In the event of injury to persons and/ or damage to a vehicle, a police and alcohol report must be obtained for the insurance company. If a copy of this report is not obtained and submitted to the rental company the renter could be liable for the full costs of repairs etc.
DRINKING AND DRIVING:
Limits are quite low, so to be on the safe side it is best not to drink alcoholic drinks at all if you are going to drive. Penalties are severe if you are found to be over the legal limit. A breath test is routinely carried out by the police following any traffic accident.
In the main resorts it is best to park in car parks. 'No Parking' or 'Restricted Parking' signs on the roads are often difficult to decipher or missing altogether. Missing or not, you still run the risk of a heavy on the spot fine or the car being towed away if you park in a no parking zone.
Speed limit start and finish signs are not always in place, so to be safe stick to the following maximum speeds, even in the absence of any signs:
· Within the town or city limits, 50Kph, (or as signposted).
· All normal roads outside city limits, including dual carriageways, 90Kph.
· Highways (motorway, autoroute, autobahn), 120Kph.
Road signs are standard European design and are reasonably good. There are also signs to all the main historical sites and places of interest.
Driving standards in Turkey are generally not very good. Many Turkish drivers do not know the traffic laws. Providing you bear this in mind, expect to encounter the unexpected, drive defensively and stay alert to potential situations, you will encounter few, if any, situations.
Signposting for road works is not usually very good, so some care is required. Diversion signs are usually bad, so a map is essential.
Most roads in Turkey are toll free, the only exception are highways and the suspension bridges over the Bosphorus. Tolls are not expensive.
Traffic security check-points are frequent in Turkey. Check points are set up at random, usually just over the brow of a hill with little or no warning. So slow down as best you can and be prepared to stop if requested. Stay in the car and be ready to show your driving license, the car papers and the car rental agreement. DO NOT ARGUE, even if you have done nothing wrong, pay any fines requested and be on your way. Ask for a receipt for any money paid.
Most traffic offences involving fines are payable on the spot to the police, don't forget to get a receipt. Traffic fines that are not paid on the spot eventually find their way to the the tax office where the car is registered, this can take several months. The terms and conditions of all the rental companies include the right to charge any fines occurring during the rental period to the credit card of the renter.
One way vehicle rentals are available between most of the major cities. For short term rentals there is a charge depending on the vehicle and the distance between the pick-up and drop-off location.
Only the driver or drivers included on the rental agreement are insured to drive the vehicle. A charge is made for each additional driver added to the agreement.