According to the road safety charity IAM, a third of drivers have found that their car has been damaged due to a pothole.
2600 motorists responded to the poll, which saw a further 16% saying they have been in, or witnessed an accident caused by poor road surfaces or potholes. 88% of all the respondents now believe that road repair should be a top priority for local authorities.
More and more motorists are understandably angry as the rise in cost of motoring continues, and local government cuts mean that road maintenance has to take a back seat in priority.
Only 14% of people think that their council’s current performance maintaining local roads is satisfactory, more than half of the respondents expressed anger and disappointment with current maintenance to roads. When asked what areas of road maintenance were being done well, 50% responded that none of it was being done well, and that in actual fact they believe roads to be getting worse.
Motorists from the South East of England are the least happy with the maintenance of their local roads, with only 10% rating it as satisfactory. However, Londoners were an exception to this, 18% rated their council as good.
Although it would seem that motorists are angry at their local authorities, many comments raised suggested that drivers feel local government spending cuts are to blame.
Keeping foliage and grass cut back to preserve visibility, and annual surface dressing of worn out roads, were the second and third most important maintenance factors raised by motorists, at 64% and 58% respectively.
IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “Drivers in Britain are unhappy with the state of their roads, although many realise that spending cuts are the real problem. 80% of those polled thought that local councils should work more closely together to increase efficiency, and with no loosening of the public purse strings in sight it will take partnerships to ensure the backlog in road maintenance does not continue to stack up.”
By Ben Malkin
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