Motorists across South Wales are being driven to distraction by the regions pothole-ridden roads.
Damaged tyres and alloy wheels are becoming commonplace in certain areas where the locals describe roads as looking like ‘patchwork quilts’.
One Cardiff motorist suffered three punctured tyres in two weeks. He said: ‘We have five potholes in the space of 30 yards and I have had three punctures in the last two weeks.
‘I have been told by the garage that they are due to going down the potholes.’
Another vehicle owner said he plans to sue Rhondda Cynon Taf Council over damage caused to his car by a six-inch deep crater near Pontypridd.
The driver – a solicitor – said: “I needed new front and rear tyres and alloy wheels on the driver’s side of my vehicle.
“The total cost to me was £1,600. But RCT council’s loss adjusters denied liability, saying they had done a monthly inspection on December 8 when ‘no actionable defects were noted’.
“They also said that when passing the relevant area to attend another defect on December 15, the trench which damaged my vehicle was, in the words of the council inspector, ‘not present’.”
A spokeswoman for RCT Council said: “The pothole was reported to us and repaired just before Christmas 2008. We continue to inspect the area on a monthly basis.”
However, the angry solicitor replied: “The fact it was repaired subsequently is completely irrelevant. There is no way in the world that hole appeared in five days.
“They haven’t heard the last of this.”
Alex, National Call Centre