Potholes cost drivers £700m in repairs each year
23 March 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
British motorists have had to fund repair bills totaling £684m as a result of pothole damage in the last year, fast-fitter Kwik Fit has claimed.
According to the repair chain - a winner of several BusinessCar awards - 6.3m drivers suffered damage from hitting potholes in their vehicles, with motorists having to fork out an average of £108.60 each for repairs.
However, the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey claimed that £13.5m has been paid out in compensation across England and Wales - just 2.1% of the total cost of damage.
Hitting a pothole is most likely to have caused damage in Yorkshire and Humber and London, where over a third (37% and 35% respectively) of drivers hitting a pothole had to get their vehicles repaired, Kwik-Fit said.
Meanwhile, Welsh drivers were most likely to be unscathed from the impact of a pothole, with just 17% facing repair bills.