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Cars Pothole damage rockets as compensation capital is named

15:01  15 january  2020
15:01  15 january  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

Potholes cost small firms 'millions of pounds' in damaged vehicles

  Potholes cost small firms 'millions of pounds' in damaged vehicles The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said that poorly maintained roads are causing small firms “millions of pounds of damage every year.” As today marks National Pothole Day, the FSB is calling on the government to make good its manifesto pledge to provide £2bn ($2.6bn) of funding to repair the thousands of potholes on roads across the UK. Potholes are a serious problem on Britain’s roads. Small businesses rely heavily on the road network, with nine in 10 (89%) small firms considering it to be important for their staff, customers and trade deliveries.More than £1.9m was paid out in compensation to people who had their vehicles damaged last year.

But the figures also showed the amount of compensation paid out has been consistently falling year The AA said it had seen almost three times as many pothole -related car insurance claims this year. John Coles, a mechanic from Cardiff, said pothole -related car damage was becoming more frequent.

If a pothole has damaged your car, you can apply for compensation . Learn how to claim for pothole damage from your local council with these easy steps. The repairs may not be worth an insurance claim but you might be able to get compensation from the local council.

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The number of vehicles damaged by potholes jumped at the of 2019, according to new data from the RAC.

As Britain “celebrates” National Pothole Day on January 15, new figures from the breakdown service show a 25 per cent increase in call-outs in the last three months of the year compared with the same period a year earlier.

Separate research has also revealed the councils with the worst roads, with some paying nearly £250,000 in compensation to drivers whose vehicles have been damaged by potholes.

According to the RAC’s data, more than 2,000 call-outs in the final quarter of 2019 were related to problems caused by potholes - 300 more than in the same period in 2018.

How many drivers in Cardiff have claimed for compensation because of pothole damage and how much the council has actually paid out

  How many drivers in Cardiff have claimed for compensation because of pothole damage and how much the council has actually paid out The council paid out more than £9,000 to drivers in 2018If you hit a crack or a pothole in the road, the process of filling in a claim form can seem daunting or confusing.

Over 17 miles of potholes were reported last year it has been revealed, as small businesses put pressure on the Government to increase funding for road repairs. Local authorities receive a pothole complaint every 46 seconds, according to new Freedom of Information figures obtained by the group.

Councils spend millions in compensation for pothole damage . Potholes cost Britain millions of pounds each year - with compensation claims on the rise this year following the Beast from the East. A number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests have revealed a snapshot of the cost of potholes

Across the year, it dealt with 9,200 cases of pothole-related faults such as distorted wheels, broken suspensions springs and damaged shock absorbers - a pattern likely to be echoed by other assistance services.

While this was down from 13,000 in 2018, a year which saw a dramatic increase in potholes following the so-called ‘Beast from the East’, it still represented 1.1 per cent of all breakdowns and the RAC’s Pothole Index, suggests there has been little overall improvement. It currently stands at 1.7, down from 1.8 in the third quarter of 2019. This means drivers are 1.7 times more likely to break down as a result of pothole-related damage than they were back in 2006 when the RAC first started collecting data.

Worse to come

Despite the relatively mild winter experienced in the UK so far, the RAC is concerned that the inevitable arrival of colder conditions in the next few months will likely trigger a widespread outbreak of yet more potholes, causing expensive damage to thousands of vehicles.

One in four have damaged their car on a pothole or speed bump

  One in four have damaged their car on a pothole or speed bump New data has revealed that one in four motorists have damaged their car on a pothole or speed bump. That rises to 30 percent for people in urban areas The post One in four have damaged their car on a pothole or speed bump appeared first on Motoring Research.

Damage : Motorists were paid over £22million in compensation last year for damage to their cars caused by potholes , a new report shows. Councils in the North West of England paid out the most in compensation at £8million, according to figures collated for Which? by the Asphalt Industry

Many potholes are the result of post-quake roadworks pushing traffic onto roads unaccustomed to a heavy traffic load. "Once word gets out that the council are making them fix their lack of workmanship then the contractors are going to start to do a better job because it costs more money to do reworks

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “We might so far be experiencing a milder but wetter winter than in the last couple of years, but our figures clearly show the problem of potholes has not gone away. Our patrols are still attending on average around one pothole-related breakdown every hour of the day.

“We anticipate the Government will pledge further funds to help cash-strapped councils mend potholes in the March Budget, but such pledges are only chipping away at the problem, and they’re unfortunately not addressing the root cause of why so much of the UK is still characterised by crumbling road surfaces.

The RAC has warned the problem could get worse in coming months

“What we need is for central Government to think differently about how councils are funded to maintain the roads under their control. Short-term commitments of cash, while welcome, are not enough on their own – councils need the security of long-term funding so they can plan proper preventative road maintenance.

The huge compensation bill paid out over potholes - and the areas who had to hand out the most

  The huge compensation bill paid out over potholes - and the areas who had to hand out the most Councils in north and mid Wales have had to pay out tens of thousands of pounds to motoristsWhile main roads and motorways in Wales are maintained by the Welsh Government, councils are responsible for the upkeep of local roads.

It is estimated that £15m of compensation has been paid out by councils in the last two years to motorists after car damage from potholes It’s worth mentioning that the majority of compensation claims actually get turned down – so if you’re looking to claim and be successful, you will have to

Potholes occur when water seeps down below a road surface and then freezes in the winter. This pushes up the asphalt and causes holes . Local authorities have an obligation to pay out for damage caused by defects they should have maintained. However, they do have a get out clause: if a pothole

“Pothole-free roads shouldn’t be a ‘nice to have’ in 2020, drivers should surely be able to expect the vast majority of roads they drive on to be of a good standard, especially given they pay around £40bn in motoring-related tax every year.”

Pothole capital

Separate research to mark Pothole Day has revealed some of the worst parts of the country for potholes.

A survey of English councils by LeaseCar found Surrey faced the most claims for damages and paid out the most in compensation in 2018-2019. It received 3,533 claims and paid out a total of £323,222 for pothole-related damage, almost 1,000 more claims that the next nearest council - Hampshire - and £105,000 more in payouts that second place Bury Metropolitan council.

Other major offenders were Hertfordshire, where 2,190 drivers lodged claims, Kent (2,048) and Northamptonshire (2,047), while the big spenders behind Surrey and Bury were Northamptonshire which paid out £214,804 for vehicle repairs, Cumbria (£181,687) and Derbyshire (£168,537).

This article first appeared in the Yorkshire Evening Post

Breakdowns caused by potholes continue to rise .
Vehicle breakdowns caused by potholes were up 20% in the last three months of 2019 compared to same period in the previous year, new figures suggest. © Getty A pothole is repaired every 17 seconds in England and Wales according to the LGA The RAC says it received more than 2,000 call-outs for problems such as distorted wheels, broken suspension springs and damaged shock absorbers between October and December.And the frequency of incidents has been increasing for some time with motorists now 70% more likely to suffer a breakdown caused by a pothole than in 2006, according to motoring organisation.

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