2.7 million cars 'forced off the road' due to potholes

Pothole damage has forced nearly 2.7 million cars off the road in the last year. Credit: Getty

Pothole damage has forced nearly 2.7 million cars off the road in the last 12 months, a report has found.

The study found that 57 per cent of UK adults surveyed hit at least one pothole a week over the last 12 months, seeing an estimated 13.1 million drivers suffering damage to their cars as a result.

UK motorists have forked out £1.7bn in pothole-related vehicle repairs based on an average repair bill of £127 per driver.

The cost of repairing this damage has more than doubled since 2013, despite the number of cars on the road only increasing by 10 per cent, according to the report.

More than half of drivers spoken to say that the condition of the roads in their area is worse than ten years ago, with 39 per cent saying that they are significantly worse.

Only one in eight say the roads are in better condition now than they were a decade ago.

Just one in ten of respondents would be prepared to pay more tax for direct spending on improving roads, even though 47 per cent of respondents say that a portion of government fuel duty and vehicle excise duty should be devoted to improving road surfaces.

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