Rhun ap Iorwerth is continuing to press on Welsh and UK Government to act and overturn the decision to close the HGV test centre in Caernarfon, which threatens the livelihoods of numerous businesses across north-west Wales.
Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ynys Môn Rhun ap Iorwerth raised concerns with Welsh Government directly this week.
Welsh Gov. must ensure the decision to close the HGV test centre in Caernarfon is overturned.
Businesses in Ynys Môn – and across the north-west of Wales – cannot afford to lose it.
— Rhun ap Iorwerth (@RhunapIorwerth) February 26, 2020
Welsh Government Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates AM responded to Mr ap Iorwerth’s question, outlining he had sought clarification on the DfT’s proposals, but the Plaid Cymru AM urged Welsh Government ‘to go further than that’, adding:
‘In August last year, following concerns raised with me by my constituent, Huw Williams, who trains HGV drivers on Ynys Môn, I wrote to the DVSA, pointing out to them that they had a lack of capacity in Caernarfon as things stood.
‘What companies like Huw Williams’ had found is that they couldn’t get enough slots in the centre in Caernarfon in order to test those people who they were training. That tells me that we needed to grow and strengthen the centre, so you can imagine my huge disappointment in hearing that the intention now is to close the test centre.
‘There was a suggestion that they would seek another site in Caernarfon, having closed the current site. That’s not how things should be done. If the DVSA agree that there is a need for a centre in Caernarfon, then they must find a new site in Caernarfon or in that area now, not after the closure of the centre.
‘Welsh Government must do everything it can to urge the UK Government to change this decision, because we can’t afford to lose that centre.’