Condition of local roads a concern

Almost nine in 10 motorists are annoyed about the state of their local roads, according to a survey.

Research from the RAC showed that 89% were frustrated at the condition of roads in their area, with only 5% believing that motoring taxes were appropriately used.

The poll of nearly 2,700 RAC members found that just 2% thought that roads were adequately maintained, with 89% saying they wanted better clarity on where motoring taxes were spent, and most thinking not enough money raised was going back into the roads.

Just 21% said road pricing was a good way of dealing with congestion, but 77% said jams would ease if public transport was improved.

And there was good support for plans to allow drivers to use the hard shoulder of motorways during peak times.

In contrast, 65% of 18 to 35-year-olds polled were satisfied with the standard of motorway and dual-carriageway routes, although satisfaction levels dropped to only 33% for those aged over 65.

Dr Tim Leunig, from the London School of Economics, said drivers that are paying more than £1,000 a year in motoring taxes have a right to expect properly maintained roads.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: "Motorists understand the need to pay road taxes; they just don't believe that they are getting value for money. It's time that motorists got a fair deal with an efficient and well maintained road network."

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