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18 million motorists 'fail to report potholes'

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A total of 18 million drivers have noticed potholes on Britain's roads but failed to report these to highway authorities, new research suggests.

The survey, conducted by the AA, found that a slim 14 per cent of respondents had actually reported potholes. Nearly one-fifth (19 per cent) of these were drivers aged over 65, while the 18 to 24 age bracket accounted for just five per cent of reports.

Current legislation does not allow motorists to make insurance claims on damage caused by potholes unless the relevant local authority has been notified and subsequently failed to take action.

Nearly half of those questioned said they would be inclined to report potholes to councils but did not understand how to do it.

The AA's president Edmund King said: "If drivers reported more potholes there would be more likelihood of action being taken as highway authorities become liable."

He described the number of motorists who did not know the correct procedure as "alarming".ADNFCR-2576-ID-801576888-ADNFCR

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