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Austria to stop offering driving tests in Turkish
Starting next year, new drivers in Austria will no longer be able to take their exam in Turkish, according to Transport Minister Norbert Hofer. The far-right politician claims the move is motivated by financial reasons.
As Austria prepares a new version of its driving exam, Transport Minister Norbert Hofer announced on Saturday the test would be available in German, English, Slovenian and Croatian – but not Turkish.
Under current regulations, driving students in Austria can sign up for a Turkish-language driving school and eventually take their test in the same language. Out of nearly 300,000 tests taken last year, only 3,631, or around 1.2 percent, were taken in Turkish.
On Thursday, Hofer, who belongs to the far-right FPÖ party, said it was not “sensible” to pay for translating the upcoming tests into more languages than necessary.
“Each additional language for training costs the state a five-figure sum that isn’t justifiable,” Hofer said.
Speaking to Austria’s public radio Ö1, Hofer also said that the measure would serve as “an incentive to learn German.”