Pothole Power For The People



A new website has been launched to help motorists tackle the increasing scourge of Britain’s potholed roads.

The logically named, potholes.co.uk, is designed to assist long-suffering tax-payers highlight poor road surfaces to their local councils, plus advise on how to make a compensation claim should their own vehicle be damaged by a pothole.

Despite the billions of pounds paid into public coffers every year, Britain’s roads are quite simply falling apart. Experts say there has been a 65 per cent rise in defects on English roads alone during the past decade, with the shortfall in funding for repairs running at an estimated £1.6bn*.

As a result, the deteriorating roads - which latest research suggests can be blamed for a whopping 1 in 5 mechanical failures - saddle the motorist with an estimated £320m bill for unwanted car repairs**.

Potholes.co.uk aims to campaign for swifter and more efficient road works on the nation’s network. As a community-based website it also offers details about how to report a pothole, as well as providing a forum to voice frustrations or offer advice to fellow motorists.

“We want the site to become a public service,” said spokesperson, Amanda Allen. “Motorists have a right to have their voice heard on the subject, and it’s clear that local authorities need help to identify the potholes in their region.”

For further information visit www.potholes.co.uk

22 February 2007 Staff

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