Laura Sharman 11 May 2018

Pothole ‘epidemic’ costing drivers and insurers £1m per month

Pothole ‘epidemic’ costing drivers and insurers £1m per month image

Pothole-related car insurance claims have risen by 171% in the first four months of 2018, new research has revealed today.

The AA warned potholes are costing motorists and insurers at least £1m per month, with an estimated 4,200 claims made for damage so far this year.

The AA added there were more pothole claims made during the first four months of 2018 than for the whole of last year.

Janet Connor, the AA’s director of insurance, said: ‘This year we are seeing a growing number of pothole claims described as: “car severely damaged and un-driveable” which didn’t happen at all last year.

‘The pothole epidemic has become nothing short of a national disgrace.’

Ms Connor is calling for the Government to ring-fence 2p per litre of current fuel duty to create a £1bn ‘pothole fund’ for local councils.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said only 'long-term, consistent' investment from the Government would enable councils to improve the local road network.

Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s transport spokesman, said: 'The LGA has been calling on the Government to annually reinvest a portion of existing fuel duty into local road maintenance which would generate much needed funding for councils to spend on improving roads and filling potholes and begin addressing the £9.31bn roads repair backlog.

'In the short term, councils are likely to need more support from the Government as the full extent of the repairs needed after the recent winter weather has been made known, and we hope that the Government will stand ready to provide this.'

Overcoming the barriers to Commercial Card use image

Overcoming the barriers to Commercial Card use

Want to reap the benefits of Commercial Cards but coming up against some challenges? James Sykes, Head of Commercial Cards, Lloyds Bank and David Legg, Head of Corporate Card Products, Lloyds Bank, discuss how the payments industry is helping organisations unlock their true value.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Home Improvement Assistant

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£25.137 - £26.520
We are seeking motivated people who want to help us deliver excellent services. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Programme Team Leader

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£37.722 - £40.869
The role is key to coordination the provision of Information, Advice and Guidance to customers, by... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Senior Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£37.722 - £40.869
Making sure the Royal Borough of Greenwich is prepared for a major incident or emergency is a priority for the Council. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Engineering Manager

Camden London Borough Council
£46,756 - £54,238 per annum
The Engineering Manager is a key member of the service management team within CATS and plays a... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Local Highway Officer

Cambridgeshire County Council
£22,183 - £32,234
The Local Highway Officer role is based in the Highway Service. Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Recuriter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue