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UK roads turning into pothole money pit, warns AA

Vehicle damage from defective road surfaces is seeing a sharp rise, says the AA, as it urges the Government to take action.

The AA figures show tyre, suspension and wheel damage are on the rise

The AA figures show tyre, suspension and wheel damage are on the rise

The number of jobs attended by the AA for tyre, suspension and wheel related damage – which is often caused by potholes – jumped by nearly 14,000 in a year, from around 587,500 in 2016 to more than 601,000 in 2017, according to the breakdown organisation.

Following the freezing conditions, April of this year saw 8,350 more breakdowns for those faults than the same month the previous year – an increase of around 19%.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “The Transport Secretary has admitted that for over three decades, roads investment hasn’t been up to scratch. We urge him to convince the Treasury to allow more funds for roads maintenance in what is fast becoming a national emergency.

“If we let the roads collapse completely, it will cost significantly more to repair them – and for local authorities to compensate drivers – than if we had protected their structural integrity in the first place.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.