Pothole damage costs authority £200,000

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MORE than £200,000 was paid out to Hampshire drivers for pothole damage last year, according to RAC figures.

The RAC found nearly 50,000 drivers made claims against councils across the country for damage caused to their vehicles by potholes last year.

The 200 local highways authorities which responded to the RAC’s FOI requests dealt with 48,664 compensation claims in financial year 2013/14 – equivalent to one claim every 11 minutes.

In Hampshire, 1,899 claims were made of which 716 were successful, costing £211,014.66.

Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: ‘These figures are likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

‘The fundamental problem lies not at the doors of our town halls but with central government. They are simply not giving councils enough money to keep road networks up to scratch.’