- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles has agreed to translate its driver tests into Italian and other languages as part of a settlement in a civil rights lawsuit.

The DMV filed a compliance plan this week with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union had sued the DMV in federal court last year on behalf of an Italian immigrant with limited English abilities.

At the time, the DMV would only allow the man to take a written driver’s license exam in English, Spanish or Portuguese and also denied him an interpreter.

It has now translated the test into 14 other languages. The DMV is also agreeing that, if requested, it will translate the exam into other languages as soon as practicable.

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