Latest Public Sector News

07.11.14

One in six drivers have had cars damaged by potholes – £12bn repair backlog

There are so many potholes in Britain’s roads that they have caused damage to one in six drivers’ cars over the last 12 months, according to new research from Liverpool Victoria.

Councils in areas worst hit by last year’s winter storms have seen claims for pothole damage rise by 23% while compensation claims as a whole have increased by 13% to more than 26,000.

Potholes, which can damage the suspension and wheels of a car, as well as burst tyres, develop when rain or floodwater collects in cracks on the road surface.

Official figures show that councils in England, Wales and Scotland have paid out more than £5m in compensation for potholes or other road damage in the past two financial years. So far this year Vale of Glamorgan Council has already paid out more than £152,000 in compensation, Surrey County Council has paid out £134,000 and Devon County Council has paid out £91,000.

Cllr Peter Box, the LGA's transport spokesman, said: "Despite spiralling multi-million pound compensation costs and funding cuts, councils still fixed two million potholes last year. But we need long-term funding to tackle the ever-growing £12bn roads repair backlog facing the nation.

"Last year's floods caused widespread destruction on our roads leaving people to drive on crumbling highways that are increasingly unfit for the 21st century. We share the frustration of motorists and our fear is that another harsh winter could be the tipping point for our roads.

"Tackling this crisis must be a national priority. That is why we are calling for the government to inject a further £1bn a year into roads maintenance by investing the equivalent of just two pence per litre of existing fuel duty. Our recent national polling found 83% of the public back this plan."

Tell us what you think – have your say below or email opinion@publicsectorexecutive.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight futur... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >