I don't think so. While driving is a privilege, it's become almost a necessity for anyone that isn't in a major metropolitan area that has public transportation who wants to work (or even go to school). I don't think it's fair to "punish" someone simply because they don't speak the overwhelming language. That said, if an employer wants to have a driving test (for a position that demands driving as a facet of the position) in only English, I'm fine with that.
I think the difference to me is that you don't have to know English in order to drive (assuming if using directions that are print-based and not delivered orally) as a citizen. But, if employed, it's likely you have to communicate as a function of your job with English speakers, and not being able to speak the english language is a hindrance to being able to complete your job.
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so do all test drivers need to be bi-linguial
Yes, they should be bi-lingual.
And the two languages should be Navajo and Cherokee.
I mean, that was your point, wasn't it? That those damned immigrants need to learn the native language?
As long as a driver can understand the traffic signs, with are color and shape coded as well, who cares? All that matters to me is that the person can friggin drive without endangering me or my kids on the road.
To me, this question is easily answered. I want every driver on the nation's roads to be insured. To get insurance, you need a license. Hence, I am in favor of granting licenses to every driver capable of driving safely. I don't care if they only speak Urdu, as long as they can drive safely.
I think they need to be able to read road signs, that are in english, or be able to pass the test to know what road signs mean.
That's the extent of it. Because we can't have every language known to man on a road sign. But if they can pass the road sign portion, I don't much care if they can read english or not
Heck I know an illiterate guy (well did he died last year) that could't read at all, and had a drivers license.
yes. states can't afford to be printing numerous tests in diff languages to accommodate everyone.
If you're going to bring a cost analysis into this, then don't try a bright line. You draw a bright line -- "yes, tests should only be in English" -- and then justify it with a cost analysis -- "can't afford to be ..." The two are incompatible on the grand scale.
I also advocate a cost analysis. And the reality is that English will almost always win out over other languages. But what if a majority, say, Spanish-speaking county or a state with a sizable Spanish-speaking population finds it cost-effective to administer driving tests in Spanish in the name of properly training prospective drivers? Then by all means allow the county to administer driving tests in Spanish.
Drivers will have to know English signs whether they can read or not. But to the extent that we're going to be penalizing people for not understanding "flash your headlights for me" or "take a U-turn here," the whole idea is pretty stupid. To the extent that we're penalizing people for not being able to read a question on the written portion, the whole idea is ridiculous. Worry about understanding concepts, not languages.
Remember, there's no official language in the United States.
Since we dont speak English in this country i dont think the tests should be in English. No one is going to know where the Olde Street is.
What the hell is a metre?
That looks dangerous!
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