Herefordshire Council counts cost of potholes

Herefordshire Council counts cost of potholes 2839

Compensation amounts paid to motorists in Herefordshire have cost the county council over £1,000 in the last 12 months.

Overall, £1,220.86 was paid to drivers who had their cars damaged by potholes and more than 73 formal complaints were lodged against the local authority for its poor surface maintenance, according to the Hereford Times.

Additionally, six cyclists injured by potholes needed hospital treatment after the Climb on Bikes road race that took place recently - highlighting the extent of the problem.

Drivers and bikers who collide with potholes and have their vehicles damaged in the process may be entitled to launch a compensation claim to get it repaired.

They will be able to get an even larger lump sum if they can prove they suffered a medical problem, such as whiplash, because of poor maintenance and this will push local councils to take better care of roads.

Posted by Francesca Witney