More than £25,000 in payouts given due to dangerous potholes
» MOTORISTS have received more than £25,000 in insurance payouts in the last five years because of dangerous potholes on Gloucestershire’s roads.
Some 107 claims made against Gloucestershire County Council from April 2013 to 2018 resulted in a win for the claimant, totalling the compensation claims at £25,190, according to a Freedom of Information request.
The number of successful claims paid in 2018 was 16, five fewer than in 2017.
However, the total number of successful claims for pothole-related damage rose sharply from one to 24 in 2014/15.
That’s still higher than 2016, when the county council paid 21 successful claimants and a total of £8,437.55 was paid out.
To successfully claim compensation, claimants need to prove that the council has neglected or breached its legal duty to maintain the highways.
Gloucestershire County Council is responsible for the county’s smaller A roads, B roads and footpaths.
Major A roads and the nation’s motorways are overseen by Highways England.
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “These figures show successful compensation claims on Gloucestershire’s roads have more than halved in recent years - and this is before we began our £150million highways improvement scheme last year, which will make a huge difference.”