Pothole damage affecting thousands each year

March 10, 2016 | By | In News

A survey conducted by the AA has found that 13 million drivers have had their cars damaged by potholed roads in the past two years.

A poll of 25,208 drivers found 39 per cent to have had their car’s tyres or bodywork affected as a result of potholes on UK roads.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said that councils needed to ‘get to grips with the fundamental road maintenance’ such as crumbling surfaces and sub-standard drainage.

This latest research comes after Perth and Kinross Council redefined what a pothole is, with the local authority deeming a pothole to be 2.4 inches deep before it can be considered bad enough to be filled in.

Andrew Jones, transport minister, told the Daily Mail: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people up and down Britain.

"That is why the Government is providing unprecedented levels of investment, allocating a record £6 billion to councils in England to improve local roads over the next five years.

“We topped this up with £250 million last year specifically to tackle the blight of potholes.”

Peter Box, a local government association’s transport spokesman, said that the problems could take a long time to work through. He said: “Councils fix more potholes than ever – one every 15 seconds – and keeping roads safe is one of the most important jobs we do.

“Current funding levels, however, and the size of the backlog mean they can only keep pace with patching up our roads and filling potholes.

“Long term and consistent investment in local road maintenance is desperately needed.”

Jack Evans

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

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