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There is a hole in the road and the Government is looking into it!

This old music hall gag is proving to be no joke.  According to the AA, potholes are costing motorists and their insurers an estimated £1m every month in repair bills. 

Written on 28th September 2018

This old music hall gag is proving to be no joke.  According to the AA, potholes are costing motorists and their insurers an estimated £1m every month in repair bills. Cycling UK has also reported that potholes were a contributory factor in 22 deaths and 368 serious injuries to cyclists between 2007 and 2016.

The typical damage caused by a pothole is a damaged tyre or a scraped wheel rim that may not justify an insurance claim, due to the policy excess and the potential loss of no claims discount. But larger potholes can result in an insurer being presented with expensive claims for ruined suspension, steering and axles.  Potholes are also a feature of claims where a vehicle has been knocked off course hitting other vehicles, kerbs or lamp posts.

With this in mind the Government’s Transport Committee is calling for written evidence on a number of factors including the condition of local roads, the economic costs of not maintaining local roads, whether the current approach needs to be improved and the regional distribution of roads funding.

You can find out more and submit evidence on the UK Parliament website here

Interested parties have been invited to submit evidence with a deadline of 2nd October 2018.

Source:    http://www.theaa.com/about-us/newsroom/insurance-news/pothole-insurance-claims-rise-20180511

                 https://www.cyclinguk.org/press-release/390-cyclists-killed-or-seriously-injured-2007-due-potholes

 

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