HIGHWAYS AUTHORITIES are putting lives at risk by skimping on maintenance, the County Surveyors Society (CSS) warned this week.
A report produced by motorists lobby group AA Motoring Trust and CSS also revealed that 17% of roads fail basic skid resistance tests.
'We need much greater investment from local authorities in road surface renewal - few other budgets have such an infl uence on life and death in their communities, ' said CSS President Geoff Allister.
'It's time for society to treat road crashes resulting in death or severe injury as seriously as those in the air, on the railways or in the workplace, ' he said.
The report, Get a grip - tyres, road surfaces and traffic accidents also says that worn and wrongly inflated tyres coupled with worn out roads created a 'lethal combination'.
AA Motoring Trust director Bert Morris said: 'Doubling skid resistance can halve the number of accidents, while driving on worn out roads on worn out tyres is courting disaster.' He said further tests were required to establish whether the current 1.6mm legal limit for car tyre tread depth was adequate in the light of the poor state of UK roads. According to an AA Trust survey one in 10 cars already failed to meet the legal requirement of 1.6mm tread depth.
To view the Get a grip report visit www. nceplus. co. uk