May 11, 2018

Pothole 'epidemic' costs £1m a month in motoring claims, says AA

Drivers and insurers are losing £1m a month repairing damage to vehicles caused by potholes, the AA says. Based on its share of the car insurance market, the AA has extrapolated that there have been 4,200 such claims this year across the UK. Janet Connor, the AA's director of insurance, said spending cuts meant roads were not being properly maintained. The AA was seeing a growing number of pothole claims described as "Car severely damaged and un-driveable", she said, which had not happened at all last year. Ms Connor said the £1m a month figure was not the whole story: "In most cases the damage caused by a pothole - a ruined tyre or even two tyres and perhaps a wheel rim - doesn't justify making an insurance claim given that it is likely to lead to the loss of your excess and no-claim bonus. So the claims we are seeing are clearly much worse than that." The AA carries a check list for motorists on its website advising what they should do if their vehicle is damaged by a pothole.

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