The Department for Transport’s latest measures to cut delays to motorists caused by utility company roadworks do not go nearly far enough.
So says automotive specialist, Warranty Direct, which every year calculates the amount of damage done to UK motorists’ cars by shoddy repair work done by utility companies which dig up the nation’s highways.
Last year, Warranty Direct’s campaign website, Potholes.co.uk, estimated that motorists spent more than £1 million a day repairing suspension and axle damage caused by potholes and badly-maintained roads. The average repair bill came to £309.
Yesterday’s announcement that utility companies may be charged up to £2,500 a day to rent stretches of road they need to dig up is welcome but does not take into account the lasting effect of badly-finished roadworks, according to Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher.
Mr McClure Fisher, said: “Easing gridlock and traffic jams is all very well, but another key issue with these roadworks is the poor workmanship in putting the road back together afterwards. Utility companies are notorious for filling holes badly with sub-standard materials, meaning that man-made potholes appear and cause damage to wheels, tyres and suspension parts.
“Utility companies should not only have to rent the road they plan to dig up, but also be forced to pay fines for poorly-repaired road surfaces.”
To report a pothole, locate dangerous craters on your route or simply to have your say on the topic of road maintenance, visit www.Potholes.co.uk.