‘Pothole lottery’: Local governments reject up to 99 percent of damage claims.


‘Pothole lottery’: Local governments reject up to 99 percent of damage claims.

Local governments reject up to 99 percent of claims for damage caused by potholes, forcing many drivers to pursue legal action.

Despite the fact that potholes are common on British roads, the Local Government Association has warned that up to ten million potholes may go unfilled. When a motorist’s car is damaged by a pothole, they have the right to file a claim with their local government for repairs.

Payouts, however, are a “postcode lottery,” according to traffic disputes specialist Scott Dixon, with some authorities rejecting practically every claim that comes their way.

“More drivers are getting more assertive,” he told the Daily Mail, “but it can be a postcode lottery with compensation.”

“Many councils reject claims in the hopes that drivers will lack the time or inclination to pursue the matter in small claims court.”

Fife Council, for example, paid out on only four of the 367 complaints they received last year.

In the meantime, only 17 of the 847 cases filed with Gloucestershire County Council in 2020 were resolved.

In theory, if a road authority fails to act immediately after being notified of a pothole, it could be held liable if the pothole later causes harm.

If the council refuses to pay, motorists have no choice except to pay the bill themselves or take their case to a small claims court.

In 2020, around 1.7 million potholes were repaired, up 200,000 from the previous year.

In response to the problem, in last month’s budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an extra £5 billion for road upkeep.

However, campaigners are concerned that this is insufficient.

According to the Asphalt Industry Alliance, £2.6 million was paid out to road users in England and Wales in the year running up to March 2021.

In just three months this year, the RAC was summoned to 1,361 pothole-related failures.

Cycling organizations such as Cycling UK, the London Cycling Campaign, and British Cycling offer free legal help to cyclists who are pursuing compensation claims.

Potholes on major highways must be repaired within seven days, whereas minor potholes, or those on quieter lanes, must wait six months to be addressed.

And if the council can show it was unaware of the situation. “Brinkwire News Summary.”


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