Syrian refugee benefits from driving test in Arabic

CBC News New Brunswick - Mahmud Kahwaji passed his road test on Monday in Sussex in his second attempt.

"I am very happy" said the Syrian refugee.

Kahwaji said he would usually call other people when he wanted to go somewhere but now he can travel alone.

Zakaria Al Sabagh is another refugee and also passed his road test Monday.

"I need to get a car now and take my family touring to see Canada everywhere and I need to find a job," said Al Sabagh. "I need to start again with my life."

Kahwaji and Al Sabagh are two of several Syrian refugees who already have licences despite not fully learning English yet.

The province offers the written test translated in Arabic and allows a translator during the road test.

The decision to offer the test in Arabic was made in December by the province.

"The changes were made to help ease the transition for this group." said Paul Bradley, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety in an email.