The nation’s roads are in need of repair and IAM RoadSmart believes the only way to address this problem is through ring-fenced funding.

Potholes continue to blight the journeys of thousands of motorists every year and the cost to repair these hazards is growing all of the time.

 

A time for action by policymakers

The call follows the publication of a new report by the government’s Transport Select Committee. It stated that the state of UK roads is a “national scandal” and the current approach to fixing these problems is simply “not working”.

In response, spokesperson for IAM RoadSmart Rodney Kumar commented: “While we understand that local government funding has been cut, the effect of pothole damage to beleaguered British motorists is huge.

“It really is time to ring-fence funds for tackling this pothole epidemic, and get the problem sorted once and for all.”

Research carried out by IAM RoadSmart revealed the true extent of pothole issues for UK drivers, with 47 per cent of road users stating they have suffered damage to their vehicle when striking a pothole.

At the same time, 90 per cent of respondents argued they had seen a clear deterioration in roads in their area during recent years. Despite promises that an end to potholes might be in sight, it may be a while until motorists see a real difference.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Potholes are a hazard and cause considerable damage and pose a risk to safety for all road users. As such, action is needed to end this blight on UK motorists for good.”

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