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Turkey to increase speed limit on highways

The new speed limit will be 140 kilometres per hour from July, but only in some highways in Turkey.

Turkey will increase the speed limit on highways from the current 120 kilometres per hour to 140 kilometres per hour, according to a plan announced by the Eurasian country’s Interior Minister, Süleyman Soylu, who added that the new speed limits will come into force from July 1.

Speaking yesterday during a live interview for the TGRT Haber news channel, Soylu explained that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan had given the go-ahead to the plan to increase speed limits, which had also been supervised by the Ministry of Transport.

“The Interior Ministry is authorised to increase speed limits by 20%. We discussed it with the Ministry of Transport, and they told us that the new limits were appropriate for some highways,” explained Soylu, who had already proposed a similar idea in 2019 if the number of traffic accident victims could be reduced.

The minister reported that the new limits will initially be tested on the North Marmara Highway that crosses the provinces of Istanbul and Kocaeli; although in practice Soylu himself recognised that, with the new limits and according to current traffic regulations, drivers will be able to drive up to 154 kilometres per hour before receiving a fine, he stressed that it is advisable not to reach those speeds.

In addition to the North Marmara Highway, other places in Turkey that are considered “appropriate” for the new highway speed limit of 140 km/h are the highways that connect Istanbul with the city of İzmir and the one that connects Ankara with the province of Niğde, due to its layout and number of lanes.