Claims for pothole damage plummets by 85%

News / Sat 24th Mar 2018 at 04:29pm

Pothole Southern

By Local Democracy Reporter
Piers Meyler

THE amount paid out by Essex County Council for damage to cars due to potholes plummeted by more than 85 per cent in year, according to recent figures.

A total of £49,412.05 was paid out in 2016 – a figure which fell to £6,763.53 spread across 18 claims in 2017.

In 2016 there were total of 889 claims – 96 of which were successful. In 2017 there were 650 claims, of which 18 were successful.

An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Insurance claims fluctuate considerably.

“In the last few years Essex Highways has resurfaced a record mileage of road (the equivalent of nearly four times around the M25) and filled 5,000 potholes.

“Our maintenance crews have therefore been able to focus on fixing the most severe potholes, which has also led to a reduction in severity of incidents and number of insurance claims.”

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2 Comments for Claims for pothole damage plummets by 85%:

2018-03-25 11:39:37

And yet the problem of potholes are as catastrophically bad as ever in Harlow. When is a pothole not a pothole? When it's apparently not big enough to be one. It's all goofy talk, like homeless shelters not being open until a certain level of cold has been reached.

2018-03-25 12:45:58

They just mark them up for repair and when you smash your alloys/tyre/wishbone etc they say sorry we are aware of it and will be doing it soon,i think if they are not aware/unreported you may have a claim but nonetheless they are useless.

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