Britain’s roads are a national disgrace with pothole damage to vehicles costing at least £1 million per month to repair. That’s according to popular breakdown cover provider and motoring association, the AA.
The motoring organisation’s insurance arm says claims for pothole damage nearly tripled in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year. By the end of April that number exceeded the total made in 2017.
The British firm says there have been more than 4200 claims made, with average repair bills of around £1000.
Janet Connor, director of AA Insurance, said: “In most cases the damage caused by a pothole, such as a ruined tyre or two and perhaps a wheel rim, doesn’t justify making an insurance claim, due to the policy excess and the potential loss of your no claims discount. So the claims we are seeing are clearly much worse than that.
“Drivers are hitting potholes and ruining their suspension, steering, the underbody of the car or axles, and are occasionally being knocked off course and hitting other vehicles, kerbs or a lamp posts.
“This year we’re seeing a growing number of pothole claims described as ‘car severely damaged and undriveable’, which didn’t happen at all last year.
“The pothole epidemic has become nothing short of a national disgrace.”
In March this year, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that £100 million would go into road repairs, but the AA argues it accounts to a drop in the ocean. It believes that a minimum one-off investment of £9 billion is needed to bring the roads back up to par.
Research conducted by the AA discovered that 88% of people believe Britain’s roads are worse than they were 10 years ago. In March 2018, 42% of people said that residential streets were ‘poor’, compared to 34% in March 2017.
The AA’s findings may centre around insurance claims made for damage to cars, but potholes are of a much greater concern to us motorcyclists. Far from the pain of a dented rim, our lives can be on the line.