End to Foreign Language Driving Tests

Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond has announced that from today (Monday 7 April), both theory and practical driving tests will only be available in English and Welsh.
These changes have been introduced to:

  • improve road safety
  • reduce driving test fraud
  • improve social cohesion

This move follows last year’s public consultation into foreign language support for driving tests; more than 70% of responses supported removing foreign language voice overs and interpreters from tests.

Previously candidates could:

  • take their car and motorcycle theory tests with a voiceover in 1 of 19 foreign languages
  • use interpreters on theory tests and practical tests

More information

Read the response to the consultation

Read the announcement

End to Foreign Language Driving Tests