British motorists are feeling the strain of neglected roads, with a recent report revealing a hefty £1.48 billion spent on pothole-related repairs in the past year alone.

The figure, highlighted in a study by Kwik Fit, exposes the significant financial burden placed on drivers due to inadequate road maintenance by local councils.

The report paints a concerning picture, especially considering the 61% increase in pothole repair costs since 2018. Back then, drivers shelled out £915 million. While this year’s figure shows a slight improvement compared to the previous year’s £1.67 billion, it underscores the ongoing problem of deteriorating road infrastructure.

This financial toll isn’t just a one-time hit. The Kwik Fit study indicates that from 2018 to 2024, UK motorists have collectively spent a staggering £9.5 billion on vehicle repairs caused by potholes. This sum is worryingly close to the initial funding shortfall identified in 2018, which was estimated to be around £9.31 billion – enough to bring the road network up to standard.

The report suggests a vicious cycle. Tightening budgets restrict councils’ ability to properly maintain roads, leading to more potholes. These, in turn, cause damage to vehicles, forcing drivers to spend significant sums on repairs.

This situation highlights the need for a long-term solution. Increased funding for local councils appears to be crucial to address the backlog of road repairs and prevent further deterioration. Only then can UK drivers expect smoother journeys and avoid the financial burden of pothole damage.


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