The reasons for adopting these proposals would be to:
improve road safety – there is concern about the ability of non-English or Welsh speakers to understand road signs and other advice to drivers
enhance social cohesion – to encourage integration in society by learning the national language
reduce fraud – to address the problem of an interpreter attending for test with a learner driver and communicating advice beyond a strict translation of the theory test questions or the instructions given by the examiner
reduce costs – there will be a small saving to DSA from not paying a fee to the theory test service provider for the annual update of voiceovers
There are 3 options for change. These include the removal of all voiceovers and translation services in non-national languages, as well as the retention of some elements of support. Consideration is also given to the option of making no change.
The consultation will run from 5 February to 2 April (2013). The consultation paper is available on the GOV.UK website.