RAC patrols dealt with 1,714 breakdowns in the last three months of 2018 that were more than likely caused by potholes or poor road surfaces.
Local highway authorities (LHAs) across the country are increasingly adopting the ‘risk-based’ approach to fixing roads, says the RAC Foundation.
There was a 44% increase in number of potholes reported to councils in the past two years, says the RAC.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to announce an additional £420 million to tackle the growing pothole problem in this afternoon’s Budget.
The RAC dealt with 14,220 breakdowns in the past year, where the likely cause was pothole damage – this represents 1.5% of all its call-outs during this period.
A new inquiry into the funding and governance of local roads in England has been launched by the Transport Committee.
RAC patrols dealt with more pothole-related breakdowns from April to June, than in any other second quarter since 2015.
Pothole insurance claims for the first four months of 2018 already equals those for the whole of last year, data from the AA reveals.
The number of business drivers claiming damages attributed to potholes has risen by 40% since 2016.
The effects of a harsh winter have taken their toll on UK roads, with breakdowns caused by potholes in the first quarter of 2018 the third highest since 2006.
The dire state of British roads has led to 85% of drivers fearing for the safety of themselves and other road users, according to new research from AA Cars.
A further £100 million is being given to councils to help repair potholes following recent bad weather and to protect local roads from future severe weather.
The damage caused to vehicles from potholes over the past year is a 34% increase on the £684m repair bill in 2016.
After the UK was subjected to sub-zero temperatures, the RAC is fearful that roads will have suffered further degradation.
More than £400 million extra each year could be spent on local roads if funding mirrored rising income in fuel and motoring taxes, the LGA has claimed.
The UK's poorly-maintained roads are both dangerous and costly to drivers, Warranty Direct has warned.
Recent improvements go into reverse despite the Government’s £70m pledge.
Breakdowns caused by pothole damage rose by 63% in the first quarter of 2017, according to the RAC.
Survey points to bleak future if adequate funding is not found to meet the needs of 21st century Britain.
The number of potholes filled over the past year has dropped again for the second successive year, reports the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey.
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