posted 4 years ago

Revealed: Britain’s Pothole Claim Hot Spots

How many motorists in your area made successful compensation claims?

Surrey is the UK’s pothole claim hot spot, according to research by the RAC Foundation.

During 2013/14, Surrey council received 3,912 claims for damage caused to vehicles by potholes.

Although only 21.5% of those claims were successful, Surrey had the highest compensation bill of all , handing out £250,298 - or around £300 - per successful claim.

In second place was Essex council, which paid out £156,008.37 on 98 successful claims.

In third place was Kent, which paid out for 224 claims, resulting in a settlements totalling £42,575.

Throughout the whole of the 2013/14 financial year, nearly 50,000 drivers made claims against their local councils with the total value of successful claims costing £3.2m.

However, the average paid per successful claim was £286 compared with £357 the year before.

The RAC Foundation’s report also highlights disparities between the percentage of successful claims in individual areas and the amount paid to claimants.

In Buckinghamshire, only 1% of claims were successful compared with 85.6% of successful claims in Bolton and 100% in Denbighshire, North Wales. In Darlington none of the 32 claims put forward was successful.

Click here to find out how many pothole claims were settled by your local authority.