Half of road users have experienced damage to their vehicle or personal injury caused by potholes, survey finds

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12th September 2018 11:59 - Local Government

Half of road users have experienced damage to their vehicle or personal injury caused by potholes: The state of the British roads has been called into question by road users in a survey by IAM RoadSmart, which revealed over half had experienced personal injury or damage to their vehicles as a result of potholes in the road. 

The poll of 7000 revealed the majority felt the roads had become worse than before. Ninety percent said they had noticed some deterioration, while just more than half said they would say the road networks they use have become ‘much worse’ in recent years. For 38 percent of respondents, the roads have become ‘worse’.

Ninety-four percent of respondents said they have noticed more potholes over the course of the last few years, with 80% saying they save seen ‘many more’. In order to avoid injury or damage, 27 percent said they have had to deliberately manoeuvre their vehicles around known potholes every day, while 56% said they had to take ‘avoiding action’ to miss them on every journey they make.

When it comes to raising funds for the repair of highways, one-third of respondents said they would be open to ideas around how repairs could be funded, however half of the IAM RoadSmart members polled were not in support of a 2p rise in fuel duty to fund repairs. And of these, the majority were ‘strongly’ against.

Local Government Association (LGA) transport spokesman, Cllr Martin Tett, said councils were working to fix roads in their areas but needed more support from central Government.

“Only long-term, consistent and fairer Government investment in local road maintenance can allow councils to embark on the widespread improvement of our roads that is desperately needed.”

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