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UK: 90,000 MIGRANTS DON'T USE ENGLISH WHEN THEY TAKE THEIR DRIVING TEST

In my opinion this is a completely ridiculous policy. The driving test should be in english and the government should be keeping track of any cars not registered in the UK. They should be logged as and when they enter the country to ensure they have insurance and that the driver can in fact drive...:


http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/16097/90,000-migrants-don't-use-
English-when-they-take-their-driving-test

IMMIGRANTS should be banned from taking their driving tests in
foreign ­languages because of the rising number of accidents
involving non-British motor€ ¦­ists, an MP demanded last night.

Figures obtained by the Daily Express show that more than 90,000
learners took the UK Highway Code theory test in languages other
than English last year.

They answered questions in any one of 20 tongues, including
Albanian, Gujarati, Polish, Urdu and Kurdish, according to the
Driving Standards Agency.

Thousands were also permitted to undertake practical on-the-road
driving tests while accompanied by interpreters in their vehicles.

The multi-lingual service is offered despite a Government campaign
to encourage immigrants to learn English.

Tory MP David Davies yesterday called for an end to the practice,
and is to raise the issue with Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly. "It
is disgusting that a basic understanding of English is not required
for getting a UK driving licence," he said.

"Surely there must be serious safety concerns about allowing people
on the roads and motorways who cannot read English.

"The toll of fatal and serious accidents is already too high, and
this can only make it worse.

"When even Government ministers claim that learning English is
essential for community cohesion, why does this not apply to the
driving test?" His call follows growing concerns about the
increasing number of accidents on Britain's road involving foreign-
speaking drivers.

The number of crashes involving vehicles registered to Poles has
increased by 200 per cent in two years.

Slovakian cars and lorries were involved in 462 accidents in 2006,
compared with 120 in 2004. And Lithuanian drivers were in 745
crashes here last year, compared with 232 two years previously,
according to figures from the Motor Insurance Bureau. Driving
Standards Agency (DSA) figures yesterday showed that 92,774 learners
took their driving theory tests in ­languages other than English in
the year 2006-07.

The most popular non-English language was Urdu, with 20,975
candidates, followed by Kurdish with 15,726 and Turkish, 10,491.

Fifteen people took the theory test in Welsh. But the least popular
language was Kashmiri, used by six learner drivers.

Overall, just under 1.5million people took the theory test last
year. DSA rules allow for various "special needs" requirements for
many drivers, including people with disabilities and non-English
speakers.

For those whose first language is not English, special headphones
can be provided during theory tests so questions can be heard in
other languages.

The range of languages offered also includes Arabic, Bengali,
Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish,
Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil and Turkish.

Speakers of other languages can also apply to have trans­lators
present, although they must pay the fees themselves.

Re: UK: 90,000 MIGRANTS DON'T USE ENGLISH WHEN THEY TAKE THEIR DRIVING TEST

IN POLAND WE MUST TAKE THE TEST IN POLISH!!!!

Why should it be different for Poles in the UK?

Re: UK: 90,000 MIGRANTS DON'T USE ENGLISH WHEN THEY TAKE THEIR DRIVING TEST

For once, we agree. What complete rot. Vote Conservative. A bit less pc than Labour.

Re: UK: 90,000 MIGRANTS DON'T USE ENGLISH WHEN THEY TAKE THEIR DRIVING TEST

It's a screwed up policy if there are cars on the roads without tax and therefore no way of checking if they have insurance. I parked behind two cars in a shopping centre today. One was registered in Lithuania and the other in Poland. Neither had a tax disc. To me this seems ludicrous. I could get hit by someone and have no recourse as they are not registered. The government should track every car on the road not just those purchased here. I find this really annoying.

As for having a driving test in a different language, yet another ludicrous policy. Perhaps they are doing this to encourage people to take a test rather than driving illegally. How on earth do they do the theory test? Also in another language? I wonder what the pass rate is.