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Pothole damage costs motorists £1bn a year

New research has found that drivers are paying £1bn a year to repair damage caused to their cars by potholes.

The new survey by motorist group, funded by insurers Warranty Direct, finds that drivers are paying almost £3M a day to repair damage, with the average cost of repairs was £312.

 The research examined 150,000 car warranty policies over a three year period and found that every year nearly six per cent of vehicles suffered axle or suspension damage resulting from potholes or other road defects. Some repair bills reached £4,000.

Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) chief executive Howard Robinson said:  “This is simply unacceptable, when you consider that motorists pay £46bn a year in taxes.

“The Government has recently announced an extra £100M to address the problem of our deteriorating roads but this does not address the real problem which is the lack of real funding to provide for long-term road maintenance not just emergency patch and mend”. The RSTA calculates that £10 billion is necessary to bring our road network up to scratch.”

The research found that there has been a significant increase in potholes - calculated this to be an increase of 39% - compared to last year caused by the recent severe winter, which is exacerbating the problem.

Robinson called upon motorists to contact their local councils and demand that repairs are carried out: “Councils have a duty to ensure that roads are safe and worthy. If you are unfortunate to hit a pothole and damage your car make sure that you take a photograph of the pothole as evidence for future compensation claims.”

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