£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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This year, Total Telecom’s Connected Britain is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of networking, innovation, and collaboration. The conference is now the UK’s largest digital economy event, set to welcome over 7,500 delegates from the telecoms industry and beyond to discuss the hottest topics at ExCel London on September 11–12. 

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