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Pothole-related breakdowns on the rise for the first time since 2013

Monday 16 January 2017, By Autovolo

Pothole-related breakdowns on the rise for the first time since 2013

Pothole-related breakdowns on the rise for the first time since 2013

Breakdowns relating to potholes increased in the final quarter of 2016 for the first time since 2013, the RAC has revealed.

The breakdown recovery company claims that the period from October to December 2016 witnessed a 24 per cent rise in the number of callouts resulting from damage caused by potholes when compared with the same period the previous year.

The fourth quarter of 2015 saw 3,962 pothole-related callouts registered, as opposed to 4,903 the following year.

These call-outs addressed issues such as broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers, and distorted wheels.

David Bizley, RAC chief engineer, said: “This is a particularly worrying finding because of course much of the country has not experienced harsh winter conditions for three years and rainfall in the fourth quarter of 2016 was the lowest in that period for more than a decade.

“Rain can be the catalyst for the formation of potholes, particularly in the winter when frosts are also common but despite the low rainfall the number of pothole faults attended by RAC in Q4 2016 is still higher than the same period in the two previous years.

“If the first three months of 2017 prove to be both wet and cold, potholes are likely to appear at an unprecedented rate which would inevitably stretch local authority repair resources to their limit. While urgent remedial repairs will be needed to reduce the risk of further vehicle damage or injury to road users, including vulnerable motorcyclists and cyclists, it is insufficient investment in preventative maintenance, such as resurfacing, which is ultimately to blame.”

A recent RAC report revealed that of the 1,755 motorists questioned, 14 per cent named the condition and maintenance of roads as their number one concern.

A further 51 per cent believed the state of roads in their area had declined over the past 12 months.