A driving test in Turkish? This is possible in Austria – at least until now. Transport Minister Norbert Hofer (FPÖ) wants to end this spectacle. But what’s really going on when examinations are done in a foreign language? Now a driving examiner talks.
In an interview with krone.at, the man whose name the editorial team has changed tells a story of “grievances, fraud and bribery”. The 50-year-old has been working as a driving examiner in Vienna for 18 years. “Everyone should have the same conditions,” he says. But this is definitely not the case, as Turkish candidates are privileged and often obtain the license without actually passing the exam.
He tells the story of a Turkish woman who has lived in Vienna for twelve years, takes a seat behind the steering wheel, but does not even understand his greeting in German. “How is she supposed to answer my questions?”, the examiner says angrily. But at Turkish driving schools in Vienna, driving instructors often act as interpreters during the exam. The examiner can not check whether answers given are correct or not: “They are simply ‘translated’.”