One-third of motorists have had their vehicles damaged by potholes, according to a
survey from the Institute of Advanced Motorists. This road safety charity's report also
indicates that a further sixteen per-cent have been involved with, or have seen, an
accident caused by potholes. Furthermore, of the two-thousand six-hundred respondents,
eighty-eight per-cent voted pothole repair their top priority for local council maintenance.
IAM Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig, said: 'the public is unhappy with the
state of their roads, although many realise that spending cuts are the real problem. Eighty
per cent of those polled thought that local councils should work more closely together to
increase efficiency, and with no loosening of the public purse strings in sight it will take
partnerships to ensure the backlog in road maintenance does not continue to stack up'.
The survey also indicates that only fourteen per-cent of respondents believe their
local council's road maintenance performance is 'good' or 'very good' – and more than
fifty per-cent rate their council as 'bad' or 'very bad'. When asked which areas of road
maintenance are being done well, fifty per-cent responded 'none', and half believe their
local roads are getting worse. These are, of course, mostly perceptions rather than facts.