By Denna Bowman
A Coventry motorist has been awarded £2,000 in compensation after his car wheels and tyres were damaged by a pothole.
Ben Knight made the claim against Warwickshire County Council after 11ft long and 3ft deep pothole caused his two alloy wheels to buckle and damaged the car’s tyres and body work on his Audi A4 earlier this year.
Mr Knight had sent 20 photographs of the pothole to the council to support his claim, according to the report in the Coventry Telegraph.
He also submitted a bill from his local garage, which gave the total cost of repairs, and he enclosed a video showing the damage to his car.
Mr Knight, a 37-year-old lorry driver, said: “The jolt after hitting a pothole made me stop the car straight away.
“As I pulled up I saw three other drivers with the same problem and all of them were putting their spare tyres on.
“One of the drivers called the police because it was so dangerous. It would have been a hazard for someone else.
“The next day I went back and saw a police incident sign had been put up while council workers fixed the pothole.
“I got my camera and tape measurer and took loads of photographs.
“I sent in that much evidence and provided all the information they needed.
“I am relieved to have the money back but it’s the inconvenience of it all. I had to pay the repair bill on my credit card.
“It’s been such a hassle to get this claim through and to think it could have been prevented if the potholes had been fixed in the first place.”
Ben’s case is among 483 claims which the council received between April 1, 2009 and March 31 this year compared to 281 the previous year.
The council has already paid out £23,000 to drivers, but its legal bill is set to rise because 362 cases are still outstanding.
Andrew Savage, the council’s manager of county highways, said: “With the benefit of the recent spell of dry weather, county highways have undertaken extensive pothole and highway patching to clear the back log of repairs from the severe winter weather.
“Since April this year we have carried out over 15,000 square metres of local patching as well as undertaking larger schemes of repairs. As usual, we would encourage the public to report any potholes to us.”