By Denna Bowman
County Councils across the UK are bracing themselves for a torrent of compensation claims for damage to cars – particularly tyres – linked to the hundreds of potholes blighting the roads.
Motorists forced to pay out for punctured tyres, wrecked alloy wheels and suspension damage are expected to start taking action to make their local authorities foot the bill for costly repairs and replacements.
The claims could cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds.
The lengthy cold snap has left many of the country’s major routes in a state of disrepair, with the potholes creating yet another hazard for road-users already long fed up with the snow and ice.
However, anyone wishing to pursue a claim can expect to meet fierce opposition from councils who are quick to point out that motorists have no automatic right to compensation and that there must be clear evidence that the council has been negligent in its role as a highways authority.