The East Anglian Daily Times report:

MORE than 600 drivers needed an interpreter to sit in on their driving test in Suffolk in the past three because they did not have a strong enough command of English, shocking figures have revealed.

Between 2009/10 to 2011/12, a total of 1,703 Suffolk learners requested to sit a theory test exam in a different language.

The figures, which were obtained following a Freedom of Information request to the Driving Standards Agency, comes after a Government consultation on proposals to ban foreign drivers from using interpreters.

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