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Pothole epidemic in the UK

March 17, 2012

Pothole epidemic in the UK

There are around 1.7 million potholes in British roads and they are costing drivers an average of £1 million per day while increasing the number of insurance claims, according to Warranty Direct.

The company is calling on councils across the country to resurface disfigured roads, claiming the existing patch and mend policy is not working.

There is an 11-year backlog of road repairs. While they wait to be fixed there, more and more cars are being damaged every day.

The average bill for unnecessary breakdowns, accidents prompted by dangerous evasion manoeuvres and damage caused by a pothole totals £319.

“It’s simply not acceptable for local authorities to patch-up roads that resemble the surface of the moon – they need to be resurfaced,” said Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct.

“A lack of foresight is often to blame; if every council had at least a passable ‘pothole plan’ they’d be better prepared and all of us would be spending far less time and money fixing our cars.” 

This article is intended as generic information only and is not intended to apply to anybody’s specific circumstances, demands or needs. The views expressed are not intended to provide any financial service or to give any recommendation or advice. Products and services are only mentioned for illustrative rather than promotional purposes.

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