Lipman on road safety 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy David Ben Gigi)
New immigrants will no longer have to take a written driving theory exam if they
fail two road tests, Transportation Ministry Licensing Department manager Tzion
Mizrahi told the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee
Mizrahi plans to bring the new guidelines to the Knesset
Economics Committee for authorization.
“This is the issue that my office
has heard the most complaints about from new olim,” said MK Dov Lipman (Yesh
Atid), “and the answers from the ministry were not satisfactory to say the
Lipman, who initiated the committee meeting, promised not to
“cease my efforts on this front until new olim with experience in driving can
simply exchange their previous license for an Israeli one. This hearing was a
good first step toward accomplishing that goal.”
A new immigrant from the
US explained to the committee that she had to take the driving theory written
exam nine times, because she could not understand Hebrew and the translation
into English was poor.
The Transportation Ministry is currently working
on an agreement that would allow immigrants from Italy to automatically convert
their licenses. Immigration Committee chairman Yoel Razbozov (Yesh Atid) called
on the ministry to sign more agreements with countries that have higher numbers
“An injustice has been caused to new immigrants in the
whole process of converting licenses,” said Lipman.
“We are a country of
immigrants, and we have to make life easier for those who want to live here.”