Research from the AA has revealed the pothole “epidemic” is costing drivers and insurers £1 million every month in order to repair damage to vehicles.
The British motoring association which provides car insurance has described the problem as a “national embarrassment” after the revelation that there have been 4,200 pothole-related claims this year in the UK.
The AA has seen claims from potholes increase, with cars damaged resulting in severely damaged cars, some of which were described as “un-driveable.”
Janet Connor is the AA’s director of insurance. After the research revealed average repair bills for vehicles damaged by potholes to be £1,000, she said the quoted figures do not get to the real extent of damage.
“In most cases the damaged caused by a pothole – a ruined tyre or even two tyres and perhaps a wheel rim – doesn’t justify making an insurance claim given that it is likely to lead to the loss of your excess and no-claim bonus. So the clams we are seeing are clearly much worse than that.”
She was clear as to the reason for the extent of the pothole damage on the UK’s roads: local authority budget cuts.
“Local council budgets have been squeezed to the extent that competing priorities mean they don’t have the resources to keep their roads up to scratch.
“Our nation’s highways have become a national embarrassment.”
Roads in good condition are crucial for businesses who need to use these very single day to transport goods from place to place.
It is why the government has made moves to tackle the problem; earlier this year, an extra £100 million was allocated to fix potholes, and Highways England has recently signed a deal with contractors to improve road surface quality.
It is a necessity when 88% of drivers say roads are worse now than they were 10 years ago.