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Billions needed to solve Britian's pothole problem

Over the last year, companies with a mobile fleet have paid out more than £215m on vehicle repairs as a result of potholes and poorly maintained road surfaces.

Since this blog post, the last week has seen a great deal of press regarding the pothole crisis, with thousands of motorists voicing their concerns about the present state of our roads and the damaging and costly impact it has had on their vehicles. A report published by the AIA revealed that last year councils in England and Wales, spent around £113m, repairing 2.2m potholes. And with the extreme rainfall making it the second wettest year on record, contributing to £338m worth of damage to Britain’s roads. The problem has resulted in councils having to pay out £32m in compensation in 2012, a 50% increase on the previous year.

According to the AIA, it could take an estimated 12 years to return Britain’s roads to a ‘reasonable condition’, amounting to a cost of £10.5bn. Alliance Chairman, Alan Mackenzie explains, ‘the government needs to make sufficient funding available now, that will enable local authorities to get their roads back into a condition that will quickly and directly boost the economy, help businesses and improve local communities’.

But it hasn’t just been the inconvenience and huge cost associated with the pothole crisis that has caused concern this week; the problem is becoming increasingly referred to as a safety risk to motorists. Leading UK tyre safety organisation Tyresafe, revealed that councils in England and Wales paid out around 22.8m in compensation to drivers who had experienced pothole damage in 2012. Stuart Jackson, Tyresafe Chairman explains, ‘It is vital to check tyre pressure regularly over the days that follow hitting a pothole to see if there is any loss of pressure (…) a hairline fracture in an alloy wheel could lead to the escape of air and the lowering of pressure’ whereby both handling and corning can be impacted. It is recommended that motorists should check their tyre pressure at least once a month, checking them against the manufacturers recommended guidelines.

With the recent press coverage and shocking statics regarding the problems associated with potholes, the countries attention has been drawn to this problematic situation. We hope our future posts relating to the topic may be have a more positive spin, perhaps addressing what is it that has been done to both solve and prevent future problems occurring.

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