POTHOLES ARE COSTING COUNCILS MILLIONS ON CLAIMS SAYS EXPERT
THIS GIANT POTHOLE HAS SHREDDED TYRES ON OVER 25 VEHICLES FORCING MOTORISTS INTO REPAIRS
POTHOLE damage on a small B road near Gloucester has destroyed tyres on over 25 vehicles, according to a witnesses at a nearby petrol station.
Potholes are costing councils MILLIONS in claims says expert
Pothole claims will need to be made by several stricken motorists after the road damage caused tyres to flatten. Staff at a nearby garden centre say over two dozen incidents have been caused by the crater formed on the side of the road.
Pothole claims could ruin no claims bonus
The hole has been formed on the B4215 near Highleadon, ripping up the tarmac on the side of the road.
Lorraine Ewers revealed her son damaged one of his tyres after hitting a pothole on Friday night.
She claims a replacement tyre will set her son back £55 but costs could rise if a new alloy is needed.
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Mrs Ewers son had his tyre destroyed on the pothole
Potholes are developed in periods of bad weather
Speaking to Gloucestershire Live, she said: “At least 25 cars have been damaged in one hour according to the petrol station near Trioscape Garden centre plus many more over the last week.
“There is a really bad pothole that you can’t avoid on the narrow road.
“My son was driving at midnight on Friday and hit it so his tyre is flat and it has damaged his alloy wheel too."Gloucestershire County Council confirmed the pothole had been fixed by their repair teams.
Pothole damage has increased across the UK
Pothole numbers could increase by more than 100,000
However, the council warned bad weather spells could cause potholes to form quickly around the local area.
In a statement, Gloucestershire Council said: “The pothole was reported to us on March 2, it was fixed in the evening as an emergency repair and we’ve visited the site today to check.
“Unfortunately, the recent wet weather has meant that potholes can form very quickly.”Motoring app Waze recorded a 149 percent increase in pothole damage across Gloucester after Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis battered the UK.
The giant crater is not the first to open up around the region over the past couple of months after a pothole on Tewkesbury Road near Upleadon caused six cars to stop.
One motorist was forced to replace two of her tyres after they became severely damaged due to contact with the hole.
Local councils are often responsible for paying compensation to the affected by pothole damage if motorists provide evidence of road negligence.
Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the GloucestershireLive found the local council had spent £12.7million on pothole repairs between 2015 and 2018.
Over £5million was spent in 2017 as over 100,000 holes were repaired over three years.
Analysis from LeaseCar found Surrey County Council was the worst affected region with the council paying over £320,000 in claims.
Cars can be damaged by striking potholes
How to make a pothole claim
Those who had their car damaged by a pothole can either appeal for compensation or use their car insurance policy.
Using your car insurance could pay for expensive repairs but many motorists will lose their no claims discount which could see premiums rise.
To make a council appeal, motorists must provide details on where the incident happened and how much damage was caused by the pothole.
Images of the damage should also be provided alongside photos of the pothole itself if it is safe to do so.