Thursday, August 26, 2004

No English, No License

Efrain Soto, an immigrant from Venezuela, still cannot drive a car. His English is very weak and the examiner for the road test failed him, recommending that he learn English. Hamden, CT does not have bilingual examiners. Officials said it would be desirable, but resources are limited. Many states offer the written part of the license test in a number of foreign languages and some also give the road test in a variety of languages. Connecticut does not. Do you need to know English in order to drive? Do tourists visiting the US know English or can they drive legally with an international driver’s license?

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