More than £25,000 in pay­outs given due to dan­ger­ous pot­holes

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» 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.”

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