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Jeremy Vine caller rages over potholes in her area
Recent years have seen Britain’s roads blighted by numerous potholes, with figures showing that last year authorities in England and Wales paid out £22.7million in compensation.
The analysis by the Asphalt Industry Alliance showed the combined cost of £11.6million in payouts and a further £11.1million in staffing costs to handle the claims. The funds could have been used to fill an additional 340,000 potholes to prevent future incidents, according to research by Citroen UK.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “It’s clear just how much of a pothole predicament the country is in when you look at the amounts councils are paying in compensation to drivers who, through no fault of their own, are suffering the ill effects of hitting one.
“If more of the tax drivers pay was being spent on maintenance and improvement, we wouldn’t be in this position.”
He added: “We will not rest until the Government re-thinks local roads funding and puts an end to the hand-to-mouth approach of patching potholes rather than proper resurfacing.”
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Department for Transport (DfT) data shows that over the last decade, more than 2,000 people have been seriously hurt and 94 killed in accidents on poorly maintained roads.
In his Spring Budget, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled an additional £200million of funding towards fixing potholes, taking the total allocation to £700million.
Yet with 190,000 miles of road across the UK this only accounts for an estimated five percent of the amount needed.
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