Potholes are unfortunately a common sight on Scottish roads, especially at this time of the year as the weather – on top of wear and tear – takes its toll on our most-travelled routes.
Last year, it was reported that Scottish local authorities receive a call about a pothole every 3 minutes – which equates to more than 400 complaints about the unsightly holes being logged every day, up by a third. Many were filled, but potholes are continuing to appear on our streets on an almost daily basis.
If you have driven in Scotland, the chances are you have hit a pothole on your travels and that deafening clunk, when we realise it’s too late to avoid it, will be very familiar. In fact, one in four of you claim you hit at least one pothole every day!
But did you know that if a pothole causes damage to your car or vehicle, you could claim the local authority to cover the cost of repairs. That’s because “whoever controls the road has a legal duty to maintain it to a fit standards”, says consumer finance website MoneySavingExpert.com
The site advises on how to submit a pothole claim, but its founder, television presenter Martin Lewis advised: “It’s important to understand you can only claim anyway if the authority responsible for the road has been negligent…. Some argue that compensation deprives authorities of much-needed cash to fix roads – other that the more people pursue their rights, the more incentive there is for authorities to improve the roads to avoid dealing with claims.”
Here are some more facts about potholes that will drive motorists crazy:
- A pothole is defined as a crater in the road that measures at least 40mm (or 40cm) deep.
- An AA survey in 2016 found that its members in Scotland were the worst affected by potholes, followed by those in Yorkshire and Humberside.
- In 2017 it was reported that Scotland’s potholes were “four miles deep”!
- Did you know that in just 12 months, the country’s pothole damage bill soared by a fifth to £68million in just 12 months? That’s according to a 2017 study by Kwik Fit.
- On average, car damage caused by potholes costs more than £100 to fix.
*You can report a pothole in your area on a local road or ‘B’ road at www.mygov.scot/report-pothole/ (as your local authority is responsible for maintaining local roads and footways). If the pothole is on a trunk road, like a motorway or ‘A’ road, then call Traffic Scotland on 0800 028 1414.
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