Rising cost of pothole crisis revealed


The results of a timely piece of research recently carried out by the Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey group have just been published, revealing the rapidly rising cost of potholes and the damage they cause throughout England and Wales.

The report showed that more than two million dangerous potholes were filled in over the last twelve months, which represents a 29 per cent increase on the number temporarily fixed during the previous year. Overall, the cost of carrying out this much needed measure, vital to ensuring new and used Ford cars and other models do not suffer unnecessary mechanical or aesthetic harm, amounted to around £113 million.

The bill, which was met by local councils, is in addition to the £32 million paid out in compensation to angry motorists over the same period, as well as the £13 million plus that is estimated to have been spent on the wages of staff charged with settling the claims of the drivers affected; the final compensation total, which also covers any injuries judged to have been sustained as a result of potholes, was 50 per cent up from the preceding year, according to separate research from the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA).

According to the leading car maintenance retailers Halfords, as many as 1.5 million vehicles in the UK suffer damage to their steering and suspension systems thanks to potholes – a situation which they say needs to be resolved as quickly as possible.

The exceptional value for money that comes as standard with every purchase from your local Ford car dealership can sometimes be undermined by the poor state of roads, which is one of the reasons why there are now increasing calls for the government to commit to the comprehensive resurfacing of Britain's roads, rather than a continued reliance on short term fixes.

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