INTERVIEW/COMMENT: NUMBER OF BREAKDOWNS CAUSED BY POTHOLES RISES
New data reveals that the number of drivers breaking down after hitting potholes has seen a “concerning” rise of 11% in the last quarter of 2017*. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds:
“Drivers are fed up of having a bumpy ride because of potholes – in fact, 69% say more should be done to tackle the problem. Not least because of the damage they do to our cars, as around £3.1 million worth of damage was caused to vehicles in 2016.
“Councils spent a staggering £104 million on repairing potholes. If drivers do experience a bump in the road, they should use our guide for advice how to report it to their local council before it gets any worse.
“The true depth of the UK’s pothole problem combined is as deep as the Earth’s upper crust (40,456m) and we’ve visualised this in a scrolling animation so drivers can see just how deep the problem goes in their local area.”
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Unless otherwise stated all statistics were obtained from a survey to 2,000 UK motorists. The survey ran between 10 October 2017 and 13 October 2017.
- Confused.com submitted a Freedom of Information request to 412 local authorities, and the Highways Agency, Transport Scotland and Welsh Government. Of these, 197 local authorities responded as well as Highways England. The following questions were asked:
- The number of potholes reported within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
- The minimum depth and width (in inches or cm) a reported pothole must be in order to be recorded as a pothole by your local authority.
- The number of potholes repaired within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
- The amount of money the local authority has spent on repairing potholes within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
- The amount of money the local authority has spent in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year, on paying compensation to claimants where vehicle damage was caused by potholes/damaged road surfaces.