£12m in compensation for pothole damage since 2018

Councils and road authorities across Britain paid out more than £12 million in compensation to motorists between 2018 and 2021 for damage caused by poor road surfaces and potholes.

A What Car? investigationshowed that motorists logged more than 145,000 compensation claims for vehicle damage caused by badly maintained roads during that period. Of those claims, a quarter were successful, with authorities paying £12,991,216 in total compensation – approximately £347 per successful claim. By comparison, the cost of filling a pothole has previously been estimated to cost £47.

What Car? also surveyed 470 motorists, with 23.6 per cent reporting they’ve damaged their vehicle in the past 18 months from hitting a pothole.

Five county and city councils were found to have paid more than half a million in compensation between 2018 and October 2021: Lincolnshire County Council, Surrey County Council, Lancashire County Council, Staffordshire County Council, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The latest ALARM report, published by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, showed local authorities in England and Wales face a nine-year backlog of road repairs estimated to cost £12.6 billion.

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