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Immigrants are scheduled to be prohibited from taking the UK driving test in their local language. The decision follows an inquiry into rogue translators who were helping them deceive their driving test.

The government is also scheduled to ban translators that immigrants currently use to sit in the practical test to explain the examiner's instructions. This means immigrants would only be able to take the UK driving test in English.

Government sources said they would alter the rules within months so that immigrants could not take the theory test in the 19 foreign languages currently offered.

Following the investigation by the Driving Standards Agency, it was discovered that nearly 800 immigrant drivers have had their licences cancelled over the past two years after apparently being trained by translators.

The government was also apprehensive about the possible danger in providing driving licences to immigrants who were not able to speak English and could not read road signs.

 In 2010, around 93,400 driving theory tests were conducted in a foreign language. Transport minister Mike Penning said that it was not right to be handing British driving licences to people who were unable to read warning signs flashed up on motorway gantries. He said there was also a wider point about community unity.

The new rules are expected to limit the languages and the driving test can be taken in only English and Welsh.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned the government that the new rules may be a probable breach of anti-discrimination laws if the Government could not provide sufficient evidence, showing that immigrants taking the driving test in foreign languages were a threat to road safety.

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