Pothole-related breakdowns up by 63 per cent

Pothole-related breakdowns up by 63 per cent

BREAKDOWNS due to poor road surfaces and potholes have increased by 63 per cent according to the RAC, who’s crews attended more than 6,500 incidents in the first three months of 2017.

Broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers and distorted wheels were just some of the issues caused by poorly maintained road surfaces.

The last time this many pothole-related breakdowns were reported was in the first quarter of 2015, when there was more frost and rainfall compared to the same period this year.

The emergency breakdown service also reported that 2.7 per cent of all call-outs attended by the RAC were caused by potholes, the largest figure seen since its analysis began in 2006.

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “Our figures sadly show a surprising and unwelcome first quarter rise in the number of breakdowns where the poor quality of the road surface was a major factor. We had expected a figure no worse than that recorded in the first quarter of 2016 (4,026) and it is very concerning that the roads, strangely, appear to have deteriorated in a mild, comparatively dry winter.”

However, the RAC Pothole Index, which looks at the number of call-outs relating to potholes over a 12-month period, currently stands at 2.08 – the lowest value since 2008. This suggests that overall quality of UK road surfaces is improving.

Bizley added: “As a nation we still have a long way to go to ensure the whole road network – not just our major roads which are enjoying one of the largest investment programmes in a generation – is really fit for purpose. Certainly anyone that has experienced a breakdown as a result of hitting a pothole will know just how frustrating that can be – not to say dangerous and expensive if damage to their vehicle is sustained.”

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