In a poll published today (10 April) by the IAM, 67% of respondents said they think that the Government is doing a “bad or a very bad job” of maintaining the nation’s roads – and 52% said the same about local councils.
The IAM says that the poll of 1,000 drivers indicates a “clear lack of communication between the motoring public and local councils”. 34% of respondents said that they thought their council is cutting spending on road maintenance while 60% said they didn’t know if budgets are being cut. The IAM suggests that this shows that “councils are performing poorly on informing and engaging with local residents”.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Despite the Government’s pothole review, there is a high level of dissatisfaction with the efforts of authorities to keep our roads safe and smooth drive or ride on.
“The Government needs to convince motorists that they have a real cure for the pothole pandemic. This can only be achieved through clear communication on new policies, more sharing of resources, sustained long-term funding and a continued commitment to eradicating the maintenance backlog of crumbling British roads.”
The IAM has published a series of tips to help drivers “avoid the risks associated with potholes”. These include: leaving plenty of room between the vehicle in front in order to see the road surface; and avoiding suddenly pulling out to avoid a pothole in case there is a motorcyclist or oncoming vehicle.