- Created on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 10:17
One of the North Carolina Representatives introduced a bill that would ban Russian and all other foreign languages from being used for NC driver's license written test.
Representative Harold Brubaker sponsored Bill 1963 referenced below. In an interview to a Raleigh, NC TV station, Rep. Brubaker said, "If you speak Chinese or Russian and can't read our signs and can't speak English, it's an absolute safety issue, and I think that needs to be addressed."
As of right now the written driver's tests may be taken in nine languages – English, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese – and people who speak none of those languages can take the test orally with the help of a translator. Bill 1963 would ban the usage of all but English.
HOUSE BILL 1963
Short Title: Speak, Read, & Write English/Driver License. (Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Howard, Brubaker (Primary Sponsors); Avila, Brown,
Cleveland, Dockham, Frye, Gulley, Hilton, Hurley, Iler, Ingle, Johnson, Justice,
Justus, McComas, McElraft, McGee, Moore, Randleman, Setzer, and Steen.
Referred to: Judiciary I, if favorable, Transportation, if favorable, Appropriations.
May 26, 2010
1 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
2 AN ACT TO REQUIRE AN APPLICANT FOR A DRIVERS LICENSE TO BE ABLE TO
3 SPEAK OR READ AND WRITE ENGLISH WITH ENOUGH PROFICIENCY THAT
4 THE PRODUCTION OF MULTIPLE TESTS AND HANDBOOKS BY THE DIVISION
5 OF MOTOR VEHICLES IS NOT NECESSARY THEREBY NETTING A COST
6 SAVINGS TO THE STATE.
7 The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
8 SECTION 1. G.S. 20-7(b1) reads as rewritten:
9 "(b1) Application. - To obtain an identification card, learners permit, or drivers license
10 from the Division, a person shall complete an application form provided by the Division,
11 present at least two forms of identification approved by the Commissioner, be a resident of this
12 State, be able to proficiently speak, or read and write the English language, and, except for an
13 identification card, demonstrate his or her physical and mental ability to drive safely a motor
14 vehicle included in the class of license for which the person has applied. At least one of the
15 forms of identification shall indicate the applicant's residence address. The Division may copy
16 the identification presented or hold it for a brief period of time to verify its authenticity. To
17 obtain an endorsement, a person shall demonstrate his or her physical and mental ability to
18 drive safely the type of motor vehicle for which the endorsement is required.
19 The application form shall request all of the following information, and it shall contain the
20 disclosures concerning the request for an applicant's social security number required by section
21 7 of the federal Privacy Act of 1974, Pub. L. No. 93-579:
22 (1) The applicant's full name.
23 (2) The applicant's mailing address and residence address.
24 (3) A physical description of the applicant, including the applicant's sex, height,
25 eye color, and hair color.
26 (4) The applicant's date of birth.
27 (5) The applicant's valid social security number.
28 (6) The applicant's signature.
29 The Division shall not issue an identification card, learners permit, or drivers license to an
30 applicant who fails to provide the applicant's valid social security number."
31 SECTION 2. G.S. 20-7(c) reads as rewritten:
32 "(c) Tests. - To demonstrate physical and mental ability, a person must pass an
33 examination.examination that shall be given in the English language only, regardless of
34 whether the examination is oral or written. The examination may include road tests, vision
35 tests, oral tests, and, in the case of literate applicants, written tests, as the Division may require.
The tests must ensure that an applicant can proficiently speak or read and write in the English
2 language and recognizes the handicapped international symbol of access, as defined in
3 G.S. 20-37.5. The Division may not require a person who applies to renew a license that has
4 not expired to take a written test or a road test unless one or more of the following applies:
5 (1) The person has been convicted of a traffic violation since the person's license
6 was last issued.
7 (2) The applicant suffers from a mental or physical condition that impairs the
8 person's ability to drive a motor vehicle.
9 The Division may not require a person who is at least 60 years old to parallel park a motor
10 vehicle as part of a road test."
11 SECTION 3. The Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, shall
12 not publish any examination or handbook in a language other than English.
13 SECTION 4. This act becomes effective October 1, 2010, and applies to license
14 applications and renewals occurring on or after that date.
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