Driving theory 'to be English only'

Would-be drivers in the UK may soon be prevented from sitting their theory test in a foreign language, in a bid to crack down on translators who help immigrants 'cheat'.

Nearly 800 people have had their licenses revoked over the past two years after apparently being 'coached' by translators allowed to sit in on the theory test to explain the examiner's instructions.

The scams allegedly cost more than £10,000 each to process, and have seen nine translators struck off the approved list.

In an attempt to stamp out this practise, the Government may scrap rules which allow would-be drivers to sit the test in any of the 19 languages currently approved by the Driving Standards Agency.

Junior Transport Minister Mike Penning highlighted also the safety aspect of the current rules.

"It cannot be right to be handing British driving licences to people who are unable to read warning signs flashed up on motorway gantries," he said.

Copyright Press Association 2012