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Motorists want new Government to tackle pothole problem, says IAM

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Motorists want road safety and potholes to be a priority for the next Government, research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) suggests.

More than 50% of motorists believing the current administration has not made road safety enough of a concern, according to the IAM survey.

But the number one gripe amongst those who answered the poll said reducing the number of potholes should be the Government’s number one action point, with 70% of respondents voting for this.

With the backlog of repairs now topping £12 billion according to the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), funding a long-term action plan must be an early priority for any new Government.

The next biggest concern for road users was that of general road maintenance, with more than 64% of those surveyed stating this needed more attention.

Third in the list was reducing the number of road accidents and casualties for all age groups, with 52% of respondents saying it should be a greater government concern. Road crashes still cost the UK economy £15.6 billion every year.

According to the Department for Transport the number of those killed or seriously injured on UK roads has increased by 4% as of September 2014 in comparison to 2013.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “No Government can be complacent about these figures and we all need to do more to reduce the numbers killed and injured on our roads.

“Cuts in visible policing and road safety spending have had an impact. While these figures cannot be regarded as a trend, they are a major concern that the new Parliament must address.”

The fourth aspect of motoring life respondents wanted to see changed was the current driving test.

The survey revealed over 41% of motorists thought the UK driving test is not fit for purpose and would like to see the Government make it more relevant to today’s driving landscape.

As part of the IAM’s key road safety goals, embracing changes to the driver training system can help reduce new driver risk in the first six months of solo driving.

The IAM manifesto advocates the delivery of theory and hazard perception tests in education establishments, a practical test that includes high speed roads and a graduated licencing system that ensures  all  new drivers undertake a  minimum learning period prior to taking the practical test.

And rounding out the top five, respondents wanted to see an increase in sentences for those guilty of serious motoring offences, with 39 per cent of people wanting to see this happen.

A total of 2,156 people took part in the IAM survey throughout March 2015.

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  • Mike Strubel - 10/04/2015 13:44

    I am disgusted in the condition of the road conditions in the UK, both motorways and side roads are so poorly maintained it is now effecting the vehicles that are driving on them.

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