100,000 potholes could have been fixed with motorist compensation pay-outs

24th August 2012


A total of £4.8 million has been paid out in compensation to drivers by 143 local councils, money which could have filled 100,000 potholes.

These are the damning findings of research by Britannia Rescue, which estimates the average repair bill created by a pothole is £132, while it only costs £50 to fix the pothole itself.

The breakdown company approached all 434 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales, receiving 143 replies.

The survey found a total of 54,436 claims were made against councils in just over two years, with a broad range of claims covering everything from punctured tyres to damaged wheel rims and suspension.

Surrey County Council spent the most at £638,239, compensating 3,650 motorists.

“The Government is providing £3 billion to councils across England for road maintenance between 2011 and 2015," Norman Baker, the local transport minister, said in response to the findings.

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