Crumbling roads cost tax payer millions

27-06-2018 12:00

Pothole related repairs cost motorists and insurers one million a month according to the AA, a fact that comes as no surprise to the Road Haulage Association.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said “The government and local authorities must do more to bring the network up to standard.

Currently many roads are full of cracks, which is a major threat to motorists. These cracks can turn into dangerous potholes that can cause collisions. Local roads where hauliers make their last-mile deliveries are often in an even worse state and the damage to the HGV’s -in particular to their suspension systems.

Nine out of 10 drivers say roads are worse now compared to 10 years ago, according to the AA.

• More than half of drivers in Scotland rate residential streets as poor

• A third of main roads are in a bad condition say drivers in the East Midlands

• One in ten drivers in the North East say their motorways are riddled with potholes

• Two thirds say roads have considerably deteriorated over the last decade.

As a result, The AA is launching its #FlagItFillIT campaign in a bid to highlight the wide scale problems on Britain’s roads.

Edmund King, AA president says “The AA postbag is bursting at the seams with drivers and cyclists bemoaning the state of roads across the UK. It is clear that despite all the talk from central and local government, not enough is being done to fix our increasingly dangerous streets.”

The #FlagItFillIT campaign calls on drivers to safely photograph potholes and send them to the responsible high way authority and the Department for Transport via social media to show the scale of the pothole problem.

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