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Insurers pay out £2.85m on potholes

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Pothole damage to cars saw insurers paying out around £2.85 million in claims last month, a study has said.

Around 1,900 pothole claims were made by motorists in February after the severe wintry weather damaged many roads in the country, AA Insurance found.

Even as councils struggle to maintain the road network, pothole claims have surged by almost 600% in the last three years, the group revealed.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, said: "Nationally, the damage to cars caused by potholes in February alone cost insurers around £2.85 million - the equivalent of about 1,900 claims."

He added that the situation of roads was worse, since only serious damages made way to an insurance claim, saying that the figures were "just the tip of the iceberg".

He said: "Garages and tyre centres are dealing with countless thousands of punctured tyres, damaged tracking or broken springs which don't justify making a claim."

AA Insurance has urged the Government to channel the extra money collected from the fuel duty increase from April 1 to repair potholes, which will help prevent councils from having to raise council tax to cover the cost.

© Press Association 2010