Potholes costing insurers £2.85m per month – but damage to tyres not always claimed

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By Oliver Hall

Insurers are forking out £2.85m per month for pothole claims, according to AA Insurance.

However, the true cost of the damage caused could be higher because some motorists do not claim for punctured tyres and other mechanical problems.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance says: “Nationally, the damage to cars caused by potholes in February alone cost insurers around £2.85m – the equivalent of about 1,900 claims.

“But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because it takes serious damage to make it worth insurance claim. Garages and tyre centres are dealing with countless thousands of punctured tyres, damaged tracking or broken springs which don’t justify making a claim.

“The figures underline the struggle that local authorities are facing in keeping the pothole outbreaks under control,” he says.

“While some councils are keeping on top of the epidemic, following one of the most severe winters in living memory, others are struggling to meet the cost of the seemingly unending workload.”

The AA is building up a picture of the nationwide pothole plague via drivers’ reports on AA Pothole Watch which will be shared with the highway authorities.

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