3 Jan 2012
A Freedom of Information Request by the Scottish Conservatives has revealed that Scottish local authorities have paid out nearly £2 million to motorists as compensation for damage to vehicles sustained due to potholes.
Speaking in response to the figures, Scottish Conservative Deputy Leader Jackson Carlaw MSP, said:
“This is an astonishing level of compensation paid out by local authorities in Scotland to motorists and the £2 million bill is just the tip of the iceberg, as there will be many motorists who won’t have claimed for damage from their local authorities.
“Furthermore the compensation bill is only part of the cost of dealing with the claims as councils will spend vast sums of time and money dealing with each individual claim.
“The shocking state of our roads is a reality that every motorist and councillor knows only too well and that is why we proposed a Road Maintenance Fund in the recent Scottish elections to help fix the problem.
“The Scottish Conservatives brought forward a solution in May while all the SNP have brought forward in Government is a 42% cut in the roads improvements budget – they are doing nothing for motorists in Scotland.”