Potholes hitting drivers' wallets

Potholes hitting drivers' wallets

Drivers in the UK are forking out £1.2 billion every year to repair damage caused by potholes.

Suspension, steering and wheels can all be seriously affected by broken road surfaces, which have become the scourge of motorists nationwide.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) estimates there are two million serious potholes across the UK at present, with the south coast of England, Kent and the East Midlands representing the worst hit areas.

Bad weather over the past 12 months, including heavy rainfall and extreme snow, has made the situation worse.

But local authorities claim they are powerless to do anything about it as recent budget cuts have restricted their spending power.

Drivers are typically left with a repair bill of £140 if they come into contact with potholes. In cases of severe damage, people may be able to cover the cost of repairs by claiming through theircar insurance provider.

The government is spending around £1 billion per year on rectifying potholes, but experts at the AIA reckon it could take more than 10 years to deal with the backlog of essential repairs required.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "It is wrong that motorists and cyclists should have to put up with the safety risk that potholes present or the costs incurred in repairing their vehicle if damaged.

"Road surfaces are getting progressively worse each year due to a 'perfect storm' caused by a combination of several periods of harsh winter weather, the squeeze on highways maintenance budgets and many cash-strapped councils' 'patch and dash' approach to repairing potholes."

Copyright Press Association 2014