America State, Maryland adopts Yoruba, 8 other Languages for learner's permit test
The United States of Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has approved nine more languages, including Yoruba for its learner's permit knowledge test, and its study materials.
The Motor Vehicle Administration in a statement dated 29th August, 2023 announced that starting from September, a rollout of nine additional translations of the learner’s permit knowledge test and the Maryland Driver’s Manual will begin bringing the total for each to 17 different languages.
In Maryland getting a learner's permit is the first step to getting a driver's license in the state.
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration said it is expanding accessibility services as part of Gov. Wes Moore's focus on equity and access.
Below are the new languages offered: Yoruba (West Africa), Tagalog, Amharic (Afro-Asiatic language), Arabic, Russian, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Portuguese and American Sign Language.
According to statement by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration the new language offerings were determined with U.S. Census data.
Motor Vehicle Administrator Chrissy Nizer said, "Improving accessibility for the driver's knowledge test and study materials is critical to serve Maryland's linguistically diverse population".
"The current languages offered include English, Spanish, French, Nepali, Korean, traditional Chinese and Vietnamese", the statement read.
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