March 26, 2014

Foreign Language Driving Tests To Be Stopped

From the 7th April learners will not be able to take their car and motorcycle theory tests with a voiceover in 1 of 19 foreign languages. They will also not be able to use interpreters on theory tests and practical tests.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) consulted earlier last year on a series of proposals reviewing the level of foreign language support available to candidates. More than 70% of the people who responded supported the withdrawal of foreign language voiceovers and interpreters on tests.

Many people agreed that a lack of understanding of the national language meant that some drivers may not be able to understand traffic signs, speak with traffic enforcement officers and read details of the road.

Candidates with dyslexia or other reading difficulties will still be able to take their theory test with an English or Welsh language voiceover. Candidates who are deaf or have hearing difficulties will still be able to take their theory test in British Sign Language (BSL) and take a BSL interpreter with them on their practical test.

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