Potholes damage over 30% of UK drivers' cars

Monday, 01 August 2011

Over 30 per cent of UK drivers have had their vehicles damaged by potholes, according to research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The charity's report revealed to car insurance customers that 88 per cent of respondents in its survey believe pothole repair should be the top priority for local councils.

However, over 50 per cent of drivers think that the local authorities in their area are not doing anything to improve the road conditions in their boroughs.

Director of policy and research at IAM Neil Greig said: "Eighty per cent of those polled thought that local councils should work more closely together to increase efficiency, and with no loosening of the public purse strings in sight it will take partnerships to ensure the backlog in road maintenance does not continue to stack up.”

Confused.com recently found that 82 per cent of car insurance owners would like to see a road sign dedicated to potholes on the UK's highways in the future.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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