Pothole damage affects two in five drivers

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According to new research by the AA, nearly two fifths (39%) of UK drivers reported pothole damage in the last two years, BBC News reports.

The motoring association's survey of 25,208 motorists found tyres, bodywork or other parts of their vehicles had been affected after hitting a pothole.

The findings led the AA president, Edmund King, to call for local authorities to "get to grips with fundamental road maintenance" such as poor drainage and crumbling road surfaces.

King is also urging Chancellor George Osborne to allocate additional funding for road repairs in order to "reverse the toll on vehicles and their owners' pockets."

The Local Government Association's (LGA) transport spokesman, Peter Box, warned there is a £12bn backlog in road repairs which could take councils "more than a decade" to clear.

Box added: "Councils fix more potholes than ever – one every 15 seconds – and keeping roads safe is one of the most important jobs we do.

"Current funding levels, however, and the size of the backlog mean they can only keep pace with patching up our roads and filling potholes.

"Long-term and consistent investment in local road maintenance is desperately needed."

Transport Minister Andrew Jones noted that the government had allocated a "record £6bn to councils in England to improve local roads over the next five years."

He added: "We topped this up with £250m last year specifically to tackle the blight of potholes."

Road maintenance is devolved to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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