Car insurance: Scotland's pothole bill

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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Scotland's councils have been forced to hand millions of pounds to car insurance customers in order to repair potholes on the nation's roads.

The 32 local authorities within Scotland have spent a total of £3 million in the last five years due to damaged cars and injuries resulting from potholes.

Also, there were more than 5,000 claims from motor insurance policyholders in the last year.

Freedom of Information statistics show that Glasgow received almost 6,000 claims over the course of the last five years, which accounts for one-third of the total for Scotland.

Other areas that were hit with significant bills from pothole damage were Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire.

Prior to this news, the UK government allocated an additional £100 million to councils for assistance with potholes.

Despite this, the Asphalt Industry Alliance claims that £10 billion is necessary to completely eliminate the high number of potholes across the country.

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