Senate passes Quezada legislation to allow translators to accompany applicants during road tests
STATE HOUSE — The Senate today passed legislation introduced by Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) that would allow the presence of translators during driving tests.
The bill (2017-S 0226A) would allow driver’s license applicants with limited English proficiency to be accompanied by an interpreter, at their own expense and choosing, during their road test. The interpreter would have to be at least 18.
“This legislation would benefit many Rhode Islanders with limited English proficiency,” said Senator Quezada. “There are almost 90,000 Rhode Islanders who struggle with the language — and that’s an important segment of the population. Providing these people with the assistance they need while taking a road test will make for a more even playing field in acquiring what has become a necessity: a license to drive a car.”
The measure now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903