Exciting news for Maryland residents, getting your driver’s permit will soon be a lot more accessible and inclusive. Maryland is adding nine more languages to its driver’s permit knowledge test and study materials, bringing the total to 17 languages.
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration said it is expanding its accessibility services. This move is part of Governor Wes Moore’s commitment to equity and access.
The new languages will include Yoruba (West Africa), Tagalog, Amharic (Afro-Asiatic language), Arabic, Russian, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Portuguese, and American Sign Language.
These additions were based on U.S. Census data.
To better serve Maryland’s linguistically diverse population, the driver’s knowledge test and study guides must be made more accessible, said Motor Vehicle Administrator Chrissy Nizer.
Some of the languages offered are English, Spanish, Nepali, Korean, traditional Chinese, French, and Vietnamese. Maryland is making it easier for everyone to be safe on the road.
Source: CBS News
Simha Asuquo contributes from Lagos, Nigeria