Learner drivers must use English as tests in foreign languages will be banned

Tuesday 22nd January, 2013 at 13:01 COMMENTS (0)

Immigrants will be banned from taking driving tests in Urdu, Polish and all other foreign languages under plans to be unveiled next month. 

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin ordered the crackdown to stop rogue interpreters helping people who cannot speak English cheat their way to a UK driving licence by telling them the answers to questions in both the theory and practical tests. 

More than 850 test passes have been revoked since 2009, while nine interpreters have been banned. 

The UK currently provides the most generous driving test language system in Europe, with applicants able to take the theory test in no fewer than 19 languages besides English and Welsh. 

Interpreters can be used to translate the examiner's instructions in the practical test. 

Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said: 'There are real safety risks that if people cannot understand the language, they cannot understand signs and other rules of the road.'

Source: Mailonline


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