Learning with no lingo

I understand there is a debate going on within government about the availability of interpreters to people taking the UK driving test who cannot speak English.

learner driveI am at a total loss to understand why there is any need for debate.  If anyone is to be allowed the privilege of driving on English roads, surely it is a sine qua non that they should speak English well enough to take part in the UK driving test?  The UK government is apparently concerned that an interpreter might answer questions for the candidate and which they cannot answer for themselves.

car crashWell, what nonsense. Surely, the important test is whether or not anyone can make themselves understood in the English language?   If they can’t and won’t, they have no place in an English country and certainly not driving on English roads.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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