The new Traffic Commissioner for Wales has opened an office in Caernarfon.
The facilities at Gwynedd County Council’s Penrallt offices will be shared with a small team of bilingual staff working for the DVSA (Driver Vehicle Standards Agency).
The Welsh Government says it means Victoria Davies will have facilities to hold meetings and inquiries in North Wales. The Commissioner has also opened an southern base in Cardiff.
Ms Davies, who was appointed in January, said: ”I’m looking forward to working with OTC staff and key transport stakeholders to promote road safety and fair competition throughout Wales.”
”The opening of the new OTC office in Caernarfon will enhance our ability to provide a bilingual service to the people of Wales.”
Her predecessor in the role, Nick Jones, was criticised for not setting up an office in Wales during his three year tenure.
Mr Jones, who retired in September, said there had been problems with establishing offices and recruiting bilingual staff.
North Wales Minister, Ken Skates, who officially opened the Caernarfon office last week, said: ”It’s good to see local bilingual staff working here. It benefits the local economy and also allows people to contact the Traffic Commissioner’s office in their preferred language.”
”This is the result of collaboration and co-operation between Welsh Government, Gwynedd Council and the office of the Traffic Commissioner, and shows what can be achieved when public bodies work together.”
Councillor Craig ab Iago added the opening meant a number of ‘important posts’ will be based at the Gwynedd council offices: ”As well as being a welcome boost to the local economy, it also ensures that people throughout the country will be able to receive the services they require through the medium of Welsh.”