Stockport council are ordering motorists in the area to tackle pothole problems themselves. If motorists want the issue to be resolved, they must take the matter into their own hands… literally.
Drivers are being told to measure the offending potholes and take photographic evidence. Potholes more than 1.5 inches deep will be considered for repair.
The instruction from the council has caused quite a stir among motoring groups, who are shocked that motorists are being asked to stand in the middle of the road measuring and photographing holes.
A spokesperson for the AA, Andrew Howard, head of road safety has spoken out on the issue, “This could be very dangerous. We don’t want people walking out in the middle of the road poking rulers into crevices and taking pictures. Sometimes you just have to accept people’s word”.
Howard also expressed concerns that this instruction could result in motorists making claims against the council. Not only that, he feels drivers could be tempted to exaggerate the size of the potholes in order to get their complaint to the top of the list.
The Executive Member for Transportation at Stockport Council, Iain Roberts has spoken out to defend the approach taken by the local authority, “We ask callers whether they think the pothole is a hazard to motorists or a trip hazard to pedestrians. Many residents choose to give us extra information about potholes they’ve spotted, but that’s never been a requirement – we check all potholes reported to us”.
Roberts goes on to explain that the council strive to fix as many potholes as possible with the resources available. “Our inspection policy sets out the criteria the Council uses when checking for defects and our response time, with most urgent repairs being made safe by the end of the next working day”.
Potholes are definitely on the Governments agenda, as they gave councils close to £1billion for road repair and maintenance this year.
The directors of the RAC Foundation, Stephen Glaister has also shared his thoughts on the issue, “Expecting drivers to hit the streets armed with tape measures and cameras is perhaps taking civic responsibility too far. Surely if it looks like a pothole, feels like a pothole when you drive over it and damages your car like a pothole, then it is a pothole?’
Glaister goes on to suggest that councils should be better maintaining their roads in the first place, to avoid complaints arising.
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