Turkey: Drivers involved in more than 3 road accident a year at risk to lose their driving licence

As part of a project launched by Turkish insurers to prevent motor premiums escalation and reduce the number of road accidents, drivers involved in more than three road accident per year may lose their driving licence.

Turkish authorities said they will subject drivers who are involved in more than three road accidents per year to a psychotechnical test, those failing to pass the test being at risks to lose their driving licence, reports www.hurriyetdailynews.com.

Drivers with poor records will be subjected to the assessment test in an effort to evaluate their cognitive skills, such as perception, memory, reasoning and attentiveness. The test will also evaluate drivers' reaction time and speed during emergency situations, motion anticipation, fine motor movement, visual and auditory abilities and multi-limb coordination, according to local media reports.

Drivers unable to pass the test will be forced to retake it until they succeed; otherwise, their licences will be revoked.

According to police data, 10,600 Turkish drivers were involved in three or more traffic accidents in the past year.

According to the Turkish Statistical Office data, 1.31 million traffic accidents occurred on the country's roads network in total, during year 2015. Out of the total figure, 183 thousand accidents have resulted in casualties, 7,530 persons being killed. 40.7% of the people killed in traffic accidents were the cars' drivers. Humar error was the primary cause for almost 90% of the accidents.

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