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UK News Breakdowns caused by potholes continue to rise

07:50  15 january  2020
07:50  15 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

20% spike in pothole-related breakdowns

  20% spike in pothole-related breakdowns Pothole-related faults represented 1.1% of all breakdowns attended by the RAC last year.The RAC received more than 2,000 call-outs for problems such as distorted wheels, broken suspension springs and damaged shock absorbers between October and December, an increase of around 300 compared with the same period in 2018.

RAC claim numbers could rise if bad weather continues . The group recorded a 24 per cent rise in breakdowns caused by them between October and December POT -RAVING MAD. Councils have handed out £12m to fix cars damaged by potholes since 2012 and paid NINETY claims a week.

Car damage caused by potholes forms part of wider nationwide concerns over the quality of the road network, which the RAC says is now one of the major problems motorists face. As many as 66% of drivers surveyed by the organisation said the quality of local roads has deteriorated in the last year

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.

a red fire hydrant on the side of a road: A pothole is repaired every 17 seconds in England and Wales according to the LGA © 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.

Serious pothole damage to cars has risen by 20 per cent

  Serious pothole damage to cars has risen by 20 per cent "Our patrols are still attending on average around one pothole-related breakdown every hour of the day."The RAC received more than 2,000 call-outs for problems such as distorted wheels, broken suspension springs and damaged shock absorbers between October and December, an increase of around 300 compared with the same period in 2018.

Potholes causing twice as many breakdowns as they did 12 years ago. According to the RAC’s Pothole Index, patrols attended 14,220 breakdowns in the 12 months to the end of September which were considered likely to have been caused by potholes .

The number of drivers breaking down after hitting potholes reached a three-year high between April and June, according to the RAC. The RAC reported a 15% rise from last year's second quarter in breakdowns caused by poor quality roads. The motoring body said roads had not recovered from

The figures have been released to coincide with the sixth National Pothole Day, set up by safety campaigners to highlight the state of the UK's roads.

Pressure on budgets has seen £400m cut from the money available for road repairs in England and Wales in the last 10 years, according to the Local Government Association.

Industry body The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has called on the government to allocate an additional £10bn across the next decade to tackle the country's pothole epidemic.

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."

A recent report by the Commons Transport Select Committee described the current short-term approach to financing road maintenance as "not fit for purpose" and declared the condition of local roads in England a "national scandal".

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