Taxis in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir will only be allowed to work every other day starting March 30, the Interior Ministry said, in an attempt to limit human contact to slow down the spread of Covid-19 that’s killed over 131 people and infected thousands in Turkey as of March 29.
“On the first day, March 30, taxis with license plates that end in an odd number will be allowed in traffic. After March 30 at midnight, taxis with license plates that end in even numbers will be allowed to work,” the official Interior Ministry statement said.
Yarından itibaren İstanbul’da "Ticari Taksilerin" trafiğe çıkışlarında plakasının son hanesine göre sınırlamaya gidilecektir.— Ali Yerlikaya (@AliYerlikaya) March 29, 2020
Bu gece 00.00’dan yarın akşam 23.59’a kadar plakasının son rakamı tek olanlar, belirtilen saatten sonra rakamı çift olanlar trafiğe çıkabilecektir.? pic.twitter.com/NmyMFGIMf3
The system will continue to allow taxis out in traffic according to the last number of their license plates: Allowing odd numbers out in traffic one day and even ones the next, effectively halving the number of taxis out in traffic on any given day.Turkey limits transport, opposition calls for 'stay at home' order over virus
The main mode by which the coronavirus is spread is human contact, the statement noted, adding that the measure aims to encourage social isolation.
While the decision only targets three major provinces in Turkey, other cities’ governors are welcome to take precautions in line with the ministry’s ruling, the statement added.Turkish medical chamber doubts official figures, calls for curfew amid coronavirus pandemic