Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has this week spoken with driving instructors and a learner driving who are all fighting the proposed relocation of the driving test centre in Pontypridd to Llantrisant.
The campaign to oppose the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency preferred option of establishing a new test centre has gained momentum with more than a thousand people signing a petition to prevent it.
There are fears that the test will be dumbed down due to the challenges that Pontypridd town and the surrounding area can provide for learner drivers; which is why even Llantrisant-based driving instructors are opposed to the move.
Constituents of Leanne are also fearful that the extra travelling time from many parts of the Rhondda to Llantrisant will mean longer and more expensive lessons
After speaking with the instructors, Ms Wood said: “Moving the test centre out of Pontypridd makes no sense if the priority is making sure that learner drivers are given the best possible preparation.
“The wide variety of driving experiences that Pontypridd can offer – whether it be one-way systems or dual-carriageway driving at the national speed limit – ensure that learners have a great grounding before sitting their test. On this important issue, Llantrisant cannot compete with Pontypridd.”
Leanne added: “I am also concerned that many learner drivers in the Rhondda – particularly those in upper Rhondda - will be priced out of driving if the test centre moves to Llantrisant.
“Many driving instructors have already told me they will need at least a three hour lesson to get to and from Llantrisant from some locations in the Rhondda which will inevitably make learning to drive more expensive.
“I will continue to support the campaign to retain Pontypridd as the test centre location.”
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