Jul 22 2018

Austria drops Turkish option in driving test

From 2019 onwards, Austria will no longer allow driving test takers to take the test in Turkish, the country’s transport minister was quoted by Turkish state news agency Anadolu as announcing.

The test can presently be taken in German, English, Slovenian, Croatian or Turkish, but minister Norbert Hofer of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party said that translating the questions into Turkish was an unnecessary expense.

German, Slovenian and Croatian are recognised as official languages in Austria, and Turks are the largest majority population.

Turks should learn German and answer the questions in that language, Hofer said.

Hofer’s party has been targeting the Turkish minority in recent months, cracking down on Turks with dual citizenship, cutting benefit payments to non-German speakers, and shutting down mosques in the country run by the Turkish government.

The deputy head of the party, Johann Gudenus, was last month quoted as saying that those Turks who voted for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the June 24 election were “clearly better off in Turkey than Austria”.