Pothole problems give councils a bumpy ride

10.16 | 28 July 2011 | | 1 comment

A third of drivers have had their cars damaged by a pothole, according to a poll by the IAM.

The poll also reveals that 16% of respondents have been involved in, or have seen, an accident caused by a road user hitting a pothole. And 88% of the 2,600 respondents voted that pothole repair should be the top priority for local council maintenance.

Only 14% of respondents think that their council’s current performance maintaining local roads is good or very good, with more than half rating it as bad or very bad. When asked what areas of road maintenance were being done well, 50% responded ‘none’, and half also think the roads in their area are getting worse.

Welsh respondents were happiest with council road maintenance, with 27% rating it as ‘good’, while those in south east England were least pleased, with only 10% giving the ‘good’ rating.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “The public is unhappy with the state of their roads, although many realise that spending cuts are the real problem.

“80% of those polled thought that local councils should work more closely together to increase efficiency, and with no loosening of the public purse strings in sight it will take partnerships to ensure the backlog in road maintenance does not continue to stack up.”

For more information contact the IAM press office on 020 8996 9777.


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    My god, are the IAM taking over. I have read nothing but IAM this and IAM that. They are a voluntary organisation. Do professional road safety officers not come up with anything nowadays. There would be little to read without IAM input.

    Do agree with this one. From a motorcycle point of view its not just the relative small area of the actual pothole that creates a danger a much larger area becomes dangerous by the debris that comes out of the pothole and covers the road. This debris can be fatal to bikers particularly if it covers an area on a junction of corner, whilst a bike is leaned over [a natural consequence of countersteering a corner].

    However I have seen potholes temporarily repaired but no one sweeps up the other danger which I understand is not considered dangerous by any authority as they put it down to normal wear and tear and therefore cannot be complained about!!!!!!!

    Bob Craven, Lancs
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