Van drivers would like to see more investment in repairing the UK’s potholes, according to new research.
Mercedes-Benz Vans recently found that two-thirds of van drivers, owners and operators have had to pay for van repairs in the last 12 months as a result of pothole damage.
These repairs haven’t come cheap either, with the average cost of damage standing at £411 per repair over the past year.
Nearly one in 10 (8%) have had to spend £1,000 or more repairing vans as a result of pothole damage in the past year alone.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans, commented: “With almost 4.2 million van drivers on our roads – around one in 10 of all vehicles on our highways – the voice of this important group of motorists needs to be heard.
“Our research clearly highlights that potholes and congestion actually cost these hard-working business men and women serious amounts of money, both in repair bills and time lost, which isn’t acceptable.
“We are urging van drivers therefore, to report any potholes they come across to the local council – while it may seem time-consuming, there are a number of ways to do this online and via apps to help alert to and ultimately fix the issue.
“If hitting a pothole is unavoidable, drivers of Mercedes-Benz vans can have their vehicles checked over by booking into one of our nationwide Dealer network workshops and having a free, no-obligation Visual Health Check by one of our Mercedes-Benz trained technicians, who will carry out a thorough visual inspection. This means that issues can be spotted before they become an issue, to reduce unexpected downtime and repair bills.”
The survey also found 43% of respondents would like to see more done to improve parking in towns and 24% back the widening of motorways.
Peter Roger, Head of Driving Advice, IAM Institute of Advanced Motoring, added: “Britain’s economy is driven by van drivers – all those home deliveries are an important part of the issue with vans also taking the wide range of tradespeople we all rely on to work wherever they are needed, carrying their tools, equipment and supplies with them.
“Many vans are on the road all day, and the need to take them off for repairs is a substantial cost in more expensive deliveries and days of lost work for tradesmen. Smooth operation of the economy needs smooth roads. We are ready to help the drivers with training, but the economy needs roads fit for use by all – and that includes the vital part played by van drivers.”
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