The bane of the majority of motorists’ lives are the potholes surrounding the UK. The team responsible for website ‘potholes.co.uk’ what’s opening line includes: “Hit a pothole, found a pothole, or just fed up with potholes?”, a Wikipedia entry, a “report a pothole” part of the Government website, fillthathole.org.uk and a new page on every council’s website round the country desperately trying to stem the flood of compensation claims as cars bounce through them and lose a wheel or damage suspension – this can become very costly.
Finally, as a result of the actual large amount of floods that happened recently, the Government has conjured up a massive £146m to fill in the blighters. The money has apparently come from departmental savings. It’s strange how when there are pictures across the tabloid papers of Hunter-clad politicians standing around the country in puddles looking rather silly, £146m is discovered saved for a rainy day to help put things right, but when it’s just boring old motorists moaning about damage to their cars, basically nothing is done – countless motorists vent “what are we paying our road tax for?” And are now demanding an answer.

Questions have been raised about the governments commitment to the issue – because the Government can’t really be seen throwing money at cars when what they’re actually doing is trying to get everyone out of them?
Except the fact the roads account for a huge proportion of this country’s income. When snowy weather hits and roads become impassable, it’s estimated the UK lose £500m a day through businesses closing and freight ceasing to move. The government can dislike the motorist all they want, but the question remains what is going to plug the funding gap if they don’t start don’t begin to invest in a decent road infrastructure?

According to the car superstore Halfords, there are two million potholes wrecking the tarmac up and down the country, and an average repair bill of £140 to fix pothole-related damage.
Meanwhile, motorists are busy forking an average of £3,453 on running their vehicles every year, according to the website Trusted Dealers, which equates to £100bn when applied to the 29.2m cars on UK roads. This comprises £225 a year on tax, £2,256 on fuel and an average £644 on insurance. The motorists feel they deserve a little pothole-filling in return? A little DfT-funded karma, a spreading of the love for the lorries and business fleets that prop up this country’s economy?
The bad news is that if you recently successfully claimed compensation from your local authority, chances are you’ll have got just a sixth of the sum received by those whose cars were damaged in 2012 according to reports. Councils are dramatically cutting the amount they pay out, but divert the blame to a rise in claims and lack of central government funding.
According to the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey, it’s a staggering 54 years on average before a British road is resurfaced – surly it’s time to improve the roads? Only time will tell.

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