Drivers who have suffered damage to their vehicles through striking a pothole should seek compensation from their council according to pressure group ‘Potholes.co.uk’.
A wet summer followed by a freezing winter has seen a large number of potholes created in Hampshire – including Eastleigh – with the junctions on the Town Centres busy Blenheim Road particulary badly affected.
Local taxi firm boss James Whiffen told Eastleigh News how one of his cars suspension needed over £600 worth of repairs after hitting a pothole on a busy Hampshire road.
With Hamsphire County Council not adding any extra resources to its annual £2 million budget for road mending the problem seems set to be around for a while. Car owners without comprehensve insurance would left to foot the bill any repairs while even those who are ‘Fully comp’ can be faced with ‘excess’ payments of many hundreds of pounds not to mention lost time from work
While those with ‘legal expense’ add on policies attached to their Car insurance or household insurance , the website for ‘Potholes.co.uk’ has published a ‘step by step’ D.I.Y guide for submitting claims to the council:
They advise potential claiments not to be deterred if confronted by a defence under Section 58 of the Highways Act and say it is possible to recoup most most expenses.
Has your car been damaged by a pothole? How much has it cost to put right?