You’d have thought looking at the potential for corruption and accidents due to being unable to read road signs the government probably should not have allowed driving tests to be performed in any language other than English (or Welsh in specific areas) but as we’re talking about the last Labour Government who allowed it, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised.
Immigrants are to be banned from taking the driving test in their native language amid mounting evidence that rogue translators are helping them cheat their way to a licence.
Government sources last night said that it would ditch the rules ‘within months’ that let learners sit the theory test in any of 19 foreign languages – including Urdu, Russian and Albanian – and ban translators who can currently sit in on the practical test to explain the examiner’s instructions.
Nearly 800 people have had licences revoked in the past two years, after investigations by the Driving Standards Agency uncovered evidence of rogue translators coaching learners during their test.
There are dozens more cases in the pipeline and nine translators have been struck off the approved list.
A Department for Transport source said each investigation costs an average of £10,000 – and warned that the cases uncovered so far may be just the ‘tip of the iceberg’.
Transport minister Mike Penning said the existing rules, which were introduced by the last Labour Government, also acted as a disincentive for immigrants to learn English.
My personal opinions go (as usual) way beyond what government ministers think in that I believe that English (or Welsh where appropriate) is the only language that should be available for anything official in this country. That if people need a translator, they provide their own or in the case of any examination, they get one provided at their cost by the state. That we stop wasting money on translation services and the massive printing costs. The only areas where I can see an exception being made would be for emergency medical treatment, nothing more. It wouldn’t even be illegal under EU law, after all the French do exactly the same thing, you want something from the state in France, you better ask for it in French otherwise you’ll be ignored.
It all stems as ever from Labours desire to eradicate or marginalise the English from their own country as we tend to be rather less than enamoured of socialism in general than other countries and have/had a strong tradition of patriotism and self reliance which is essentially anathema to socialism and the left in general who simply want obedient little drones ruled over by a small elite. So we were flooded with immigrants and the immigrants were allowed to remain apart as Labour instead of encouraging people to learn English, offered them ways to avoid it. That coupled with the endemic corruption of bribing officials in their old states to get what they wanted was a recipe for cheating on a massive scale, after all, the natives did not understand what was going on and were normally accused of racism if they tried to find out or question it.
The bit that gets me though, is why must it take months to stop it? Surely they could simply say that from Monday you do this in English, if you can’t, cancel and come back when you can.