Lack of investment in the road network has contributed to a huge spike in pothole-related breakdowns since last week’s severe weather.
They more than doubled earlier this week according to reports from the RAC who responded to an average of 218 call outs a day between Sunday and Tuesday compared with 104 a day over the previous month.
Road Haulage Association chief executive, Richard Burnett says continuing underinvestment in roads is to blame: “Whilst there’s not much anyone can do about the weather, the Government and local authorities can do a lot more to bring the network up to standard so that when we do have a freeze the roads aren’t full of cracks waiting to turn into dangerous potholes that can cause collisions. Side roads where hauliers make their last mile deliveries are often in a poor state and the damage they can cause to HGVs – in particular to their suspension systems – can be considerable”
“More potholes mean more breakdowns, more roadworks and more delays. And delays in a ‘just in time’ economy are disastrous for business.
“So it’s not lost on us that the short-term impact of the recent severe weather – where supermarkets ran out of food because lorries couldn’t get through – is leaving a longer-lasting legacy that exposes years of neglect from government and local authorities.”