Pot­holes blamed for car break­down in­crease

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NEARLY 3000 RAC mem­bers’ cars suf­fered break­downs that could have been caused by pot­holes be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber 2017, ac­cord­ing to the break­down ser­vice provider. That’s an in­crease of almost 12% com­pared with the same three months in 2016.

The RAC be­lieves the rise sug­gests the sur­face qual­ity of our roads has been af­fected by last year’s higher rain­fall and more fre­quent frosty con­di­tions.

The dam­age suf­fered by cars in­cluded bro­ken shock ab­sorbers and dis­torted wheels. Fur­ther­more, RAC data sug­gests that the sit­u­a­tion is getting worse, with roads de­te­ri­o­rat­ing since March 2017.

“Pot­holes are a me­nace for road users.they rep­re­sent a road safety risk and a po­ten­tially costly one,” said RAC chief en­gi­neer David Bi­z­ley.

The news fol­lows the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s crit­i­cism of the dis­par­ity in fund­ing be­tween lo­cal and na­tional roads.

The Gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounced plans to spend £1.1 mil­lion per mile on mo­tor­ways and ma­jor A-roads be­tween now and 2020. It provides lo­cal au­thor­i­ties with only £21,000 per mile to re­pair lo­cal roads; coun­cils have to fund the rest. That means mo­tor­ways and A-roads will get 52 times more fund­ing than other roads.

RAC data showed a 12% rise in car break­downs caused by pot­holes in Q4 2017

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