Government losing pothole war, claim 67% of drivers

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:00
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WAR: Are the government doing enough?

Two in three drivers believe the government are failing to adequately maintain UK roads, a new survey has revealed.

The research, by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), shows 67% feel the government are making a bad or very bad job of battling potholes.

Almost two thirds (65%) of female drivers believe that the government are doing a bad or very bad job, with 69% of males unhappy with the current state.

A third of drivers (34%) believe their council are cutting spending on road maintenance but 60% of drivers do not know if budgets are being cut.

“The government need to convince motorists that they have a real cure for the pothole pandemic.”

Simon Best, IAM

More than half of drivers (52%) think that local councils are doing a bad or very bad job of looking after local roads.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said: “Despite the government’s pothole review, there is a high level of dissatisfaction with the efforts of authorities to keep our roads safe and smooth drive or ride on.

“The government need to convince motorists that they have a real cure for the pothole pandemic.

“This can only be achieved through clear communication on new policies, more sharing of resources, sustained long-term funding and a continued commitment to eradicating the maintenance backlog of crumbling British roads.”

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