March 24 2014.

Effective 7 April 2014, driving test candidates will no longer be able to use foreign language voiceovers and interpreters whilst taking theory and practical tests.

The move, announced last October by Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill, follows a public consultation in which over 70 per cent of people supported the withdrawal of foreign language voiceovers and interpreters on tests.

For the next two weeks only, people can still;
•take their car and motorcycle theory tests with a voiceover in one of 19 foreign languages
•use interpreters on theory tests and practical tests

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, said; “We want to make sure that all drivers have the right skills to use our roads safely and responsibly. One area where we can help ensure this is by requiring all test candidates to take the test in English or Welsh, the national languages.

“This will help to ensure that all new drivers will be able to understand traffic updates or emergency information when they pass their test. It will also help us to reduce the risk of fraud by stopping interpreters from indicating the correct answers to theory test questions.”

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