Motorists suffering pothole damage on the country’s motorways are not getting the compensation they deserve, the BBC has discovered.
The news provider has learnt, through a Freedom of Information request made to the Highways Agency, that just one in nine drivers received a payout. Of the 382 claims for compensation across England and Wales, only 40 received any money .
Duncan McClure Fisher, from potholes.co.uk, told the BBC that action needs to be taken to change the compensation system for car insurance policyholders. He said: “If they were given information which told them ‘this is what you’ve got to do to make your claim’ then I think you’ve got a fair structure for the council and the driver.”
Both motorists and the local council are presently required to show that the damage was caused by a pothole . Recently, potholes.co.uk revealed that students in Italy are working on designs to make road imperfections more visible to motorists.