In a vote today, the Transportation Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives recommended passage of H.B. 696, legislation that would require all Missouri driver’s license examinations to be conducted in English.
Driver’s license examinations in languages other than English have come under increased scrutiny in recent years. As states work to improve road safety and increase security, state legislators have been pressuring motor vehicle departments to ensure that licensed drivers can understand English sufficiently.
Unable to comprehend shouted warnings, police commands and digital, changeable-message signs, drivers with a limited understanding of English can create a danger for themselves and the drivers, law enforcement officers and construction workers around them.