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Pothole damage 'costs almost £1.8m'

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Vehicle damage caused by potholes has cost Scottish local authorities almost £1.8 million over the last five years, it has been revealed.

The Scottish Conservatives released the statistics following a Freedom of Information request and said the "astonishing" figures were "just the tip of the iceberg".

Total compensation for pothole damage between 2006/07 and 2010/11 reached £1,738,966, according to the information obtained.

With this in mind, some drivers might be worried about their car insurance premiums going up unless the state of the roads improve.

Results showed that Glasgow City Council, which is the country's largest local authority, paid out the most, with £355,530 being handed over for these claims.

During the five-year period the compensation it has paid has steadily increased, rising from just under £20,000 in 2007/08 to more than £197,000 in 2010/11.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh City Council paid out £188,331 over the five-year period, but this declined over that time. In 2006/07 it paid out almost £78,000, compared with £21,964 in 2010/11.

A spokeswoman for Transport Scotland said: "We will continue to maintain and safely operate our trunk roads and motorways with an extensive programme of works, investing a total of £700 million over the spending review period."

© Press Association 2012