Julia Eisen – WMAL News | August 30, 2023
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration is adding 9 more languages, including American Sign Language, to help more people get their drivers license. Nearly 20 percent of Marylanders speak another language at home.
“When we looked at the new census data, we noticed that there were some languages that were being spoken in the state that have grown,” said MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer. Some of these languages include Farsi, Urdu, Russian and Portuguese.
These tests will be available, over time, in 17 different languages.
“Allowing it to be taken in other languages and studied in other languages not only accessible, but also ensures we’re getting that critical safety information out,” Nizer said.
In short — learning how to drive in your native language is easier to learn than learning in a foreign tongue.
Additionally, the Maryland Driver’s Manual, which is currently available in seven languages, has been translated to Plain English. This move was in partnership with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to ensure that people with all backgrounds can understand the intricacies of driving.
WMAL News Correspondent Rachel Sutherland contributed to this report.
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