Pothole breakdowns hit three-year high
The number of pothole-related breakdowns dealt with by RAC patrols in the second quarter reached their highest level since 2015.
Between April and June, the RAC recorded a total of 4,091 call-outs for damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs or distorted wheels – faults which are most likely to be directly attributed to poor quality road surfaces. This represented 1.8% of all breakdowns among RAC members.
Although the figure is down 2.3% on the 5,540 breakdowns seen in the first quarter, the fall was less than a year ago (Q1 2017 2.7% v Q2 2017 1.6%), and the RAC said this can only mean that our roads are still in a poor state of repair after the harsh winter weather.
The RAC added that its Pothole Index, which is based on a quarterly rolling analysis of pothole-related breakdowns, also shows a worsening picture with five successive quarters of deterioration.
RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “Central government must now consider how we can develop a long-term plan to improve the condition of our local roads. We continue to urge the Department for Transport to work with the Treasury to ring-fence a proportion of fuel duty receipts over a sustained period to fund this. The RAC calculates that if 2p a litre from fuel duty were directly invested into local roads over a period of 10 years in addition to current funding, this would give councils sufficient resource to eliminate the backlog in repairs and preventative maintenance.”