Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pothole payouts top road repair bills

Council payouts for pothole accidents have topped how much is spent fixing the annoying road faults.

The Local Government Association (LGA) claims ВЈ53m has been paid to victims of pothole accidents, plus ВЈ12m in court costs, against the ВЈ52.3m spent on repairs.

It claims the ВЈ53m could have fixed 946,429 of the 3.5m potholes around the country.

It wants a change in the law to address the “compensation culture” driven by no-win no-fee lawyers, reported the BBC.

“These figures show the extent to which our efforts are being hampered by the compensation culture that exists nowadays,” said LGA spokesman David Sparks.

“Since no-win, no-fee was introduced, almost all councils have seen an increase in compensation claims.”