The new App will be compatible with all smartphones running Andriod software and will replace the current version which is only available for iPhone users. It is expected to be ready in February, at the start of ‘pothole season’ when the winter damage to roads is at its greatest.
The App sends local authorities information about potholes which they may not otherwise know about. It was originally developed for cyclists, who can receive life-changing injuries from accidents caused by potholes, but it is now used by all types of road users.
Robert Goodwill, roads minister, said: “The government is serious about tackling potholes. At best they are an irritation but at worst they can damage vehicles and pose a serious danger to cyclists. That is why we want people to tell councils where to find them so they can fill them in. This App means more people are going to be able to report potholes more easily.”
Gordon Seabright, CTC chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have the Government’s support for our ‘Fill that hole’ website and App, which are already highly effective ways for road users to get potholes filled.
“This partnership with the DfT will enable us to provide this free service to far more cyclists and other road users. It’s also a great example of CTC and the Government working together to get Britain cycling.”
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