Suit seeks Hawaii driver's test in other languages

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims Hawaii discriminates against immigrants because it's 1 of 5 states that only allow driver's license exams to be taken in English.

The lawsuit filed Friday by Faith Action for Community Equity and two unnamed Hawaii residents seeks to force the state to offer the test in other languages.

Hawaii previously offered the test in languages including Tagalog, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Samoan and Tongan. But those tests were no longer offered when new questions were added.

DOT spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter says the department doesn't comment on pending litigation. But she says the department has been working to reinstate the previously offered tests and also add Ilocano, Chuukese, Marshallese, Spanish and Hawaiian. She says the translations are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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