The AA motoring organisation has urged the Government to follow Barack Obama’s example and pump cash into restoring the nations roads.
Potholes and craters have been blighting the UK roads, wrecking tyres and damaging cars, after a winter of snow, icy and heavy flooding.
And anyone who’s had to fork out for new tyres over the last few months will sympathise with the AA’s calls to repair the nation’s highways.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said the state of the roads had contributed to the number of insurance claims tripling.
He also said 2,000 drivers had contacted the organisation in February because of pothole damage – nearly three times as many as the previous year.
Mr King complained that the Government invested only 20 per cent of the £46 billion it received each year from the road tax back into roads and called for a building programme focused on roads to kick start the economy.
Mr King said: “Now is the time to follow Barack Obama’s example and pump in the cash to restore UK roads, create jobs during the recession and help prevent cash-strapped local authorities haemorrhaging more public money.
“We need to break out of this vicious cycle of decline on our roads.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office