Road damage results in 30,000 compensation claims

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Road damage results in 30,000 compensation claims

Poor road conditions don't just cause bad moods; they also cause damage to vehicles.

A new analysis carried out by the RAC Foundation has found that vehicle damage as a result of poor road conditions led to over 30,000 compensation claims to local councils in the last financial year.

This equates to a claim being made every 17 minutes.

However, the research, which used data from 204 local authorities, also revealed not everyone was successful in their claims, with councils paying out in only around a quarter of cases.

While the average value of a claim was £432, the motoring research charity found the average payout to be just £306.

The three councils with the highest number of claims made against them were Hampshire (1,952), Surrey (1,412) and Hertfordshire (1,369).

Discussing the findings, Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "These figures are symptomatic of the inadequate funding available for local road maintenance.

"Year in, year out, the backlog of work on local roads is estimated to run to several billion pounds."

However, he acknowledged that poor road surfaces weren't just an issue for drivers, noting that they can be life threatening for cyclists.

Gooding continued: "Just last week the Chancellor acknowledged that there had been decades of underfunding in the nation's infrastructure and that he was keen to support targeted, value-for-money public investment.

"Providing the funds to fix our roads would be a great place to start and would show rapid results."

Local Government Association transport spokesman, Martin Tett, commented that current funding levels mean councils can only just keep pace with patching up roads and filling potholes, rather than carrying out long-term improvements that are desperately needed to improve road conditions.

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