By Denna Bowman
A furious taxi driver has hit out at pothole-ridden roads after he suffered three punctured tyres in one night.
Unfortunate cabbie Roger Billam was driving near Winchcombe when he drove into a pothole which punctured one of his front and rear tyres.
The damage brought his car full of passengers to a halt. Mr Billam said: “I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think one pothole could cause so much damage.
“ It was at least 5ins deep and the tyres just dropped straight in. There was no way I could have avoided it.”
Mr Billam, who works for A2B Taxis in Cheltenham, swapped one of the tyres with a spare and called on a colleague to bring out a replacement.
But after dropping the passengers off and heading for home, he drove into a second hole puncturing his front kerbside tyre and denting the wheel rim.
“In 25 years as a taxi driver, I have never seen the roads in such a dreadful state,” he said. “Cheltenham is a minefield. It’s the result of years of cheap repair work that has come undone due to the recent cold weather.
“I hope it shows the council that quick fixes are a false economy. Road resurfacing needs to be done properly.
“Working conditions like these would not be tolerated in any other profession, so I don’t see why taxi drivers should have to put up with it.”
Mr Billam spent £160 on repairing the damage caused by the potholes and said he missed out on a day’s trade while the car was out of action.