The RAC has produced a new report highlighting the extent of Britain’s growing pothole problems.
Over the last decade, call outs to UK drivers has risen 125%, according to a report compiled by road recovery company RAC.
In the 12 months ending in June 2006, pothole-related breakdowns, such as damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels, represented an average of 0.4% of all RAC call-outs. In stark contrast, however, at the end of the 12 months to June 2016 this percentage had risen to 0.9%. Call-outs leapt the most in the two years from 2007 to 2009 with a quarterly high of 1.6 per cent in March 2009. The RAC tracked the weather and attributed this to a harsh and snowy winter. This resulted in 12,000 of the 753,000 breakdowns that quarter were pothole-related.
RAC chief engineer, David Bizley, said: "With few exceptions, it’s the vehicle owner who picks up the bill for fixing the damage adding up to millions of pounds every year. The majority of the damage our members have suffered has been when using local roads. It is clear that the effects of insufficient investment over much of the last decade are going to take some considerable time to rectify. Without local roads that are fit for purpose, the benefits of the Government’s bold investment in national transport infrastructure may never be fully realised."