The UK government has plans to ban the use of translators in Driving Theory Tests.
Although this is likely to provoke cries of unfairness, many supporters of the plans say that it will help immigrants learn to speak English – helping to keep them safer on English-speaking roads.
Over 1,000 successful passes for the theory test have had to be revoked in the last 5 years, due to the outcome of investigations into claims of interpreters helping candidates to cheat.
In the years of 2008 and 2009, one in five tests involving a translator was discovered to be cheating. This suggests that a large proportion of candidates have erroneously passed their Theory tests, despite insufficient knowledge.
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said: “By stopping driving tests in foreign languages we will cut out the risk of fraud and help to ensure that all drivers can read road signs and fully understand the rules of the road.”
Driving can be a dangerous practice, and allowing motorists behind the wheel who fall short of the requirements needed to drive in the UK would be inadvertently asking for trouble. Removing the use of interpreters in the theory test will resolve this issue.
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