Call to halt foreign language tests

Many learner drivers could be stalled in their tracks when they try to take a UK driving test if recent government talks to ban foreign language tests go ahead.

Currently a theory test can be taken in 19 languages and learner drivers can also take their practical test with a translator, but ministers want to change the rules amid safety fears.

Transport minister Mike Penning said it was "incredible" that 93,407 car driving theory tests were sat in a foreign language in 2010 and rules should be changed to ban the "politically correct" tests.

Figures from the Department for Transport showed 18,927 were in Urdu, 12,905 in Polish and 298 in Albanian

Tory MP Mr Penning said: "I find it incredible that Labour thought it was a good idea to let people without a basic grasp of English loose on our roads.

"Road safety should be our priority, not political correctness. Instead of spending taxpayers' money on costly translation services and interpreters we want to explore whether that money would be better spent on actually helping people to learn enough English to be able to drive safely."

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