UK drivers are pretty fed up with the state of roads with one in five drivers saying they would volunteer to fill in potholes for councils, according to a recent survey by the AA.
The AA-Populus Driver Poll of 18,000 AA members shows that, while 21% of males would pick up shovels and join a road gang, 16% of women would also take on the pothole plague.
The survey also found that;
•18 to 24-year olds were the age group most likely to volunteer (29%)
•Drivers in Scotland, West Midlands and London are least likely to volunteer (all 17%) while those in Northern Ireland (25%) are keenest followed by those in South West (22%)
•More than half (54%) say that those who volunteer should receive a reduction in their Council Tax Bill
While community spirit may be forthcoming for local authorities, three quarters (75%) said that local councils should not rely on the kindness of residents to deliver services they pay for.
The survey also found that any repairs carried out by volunteer teams would still have a long way to go in convincing drivers that their work is satisfactory.
Only a quarter (25%) said that they would have confidence in repairs carried out by volunteers.In October 2016 the Local Government Association claimed that under current funding provisions it would take 14 years and a cost of £12 billion to fix all of them.
In his first Autumn Statement, the Chancellor Philip Hammond released an extra £70m in 2017/18, enough to fill over 1.3 million potholes across England.
Edmund King OBE, AA president said: “As local councils struggle with funding cuts some are turning to their residents and are asking for a helping hand. It shows that people are so fed-up with the state of their local roads that they are prepared to take matters into their own hands.
“But filling a pothole is a skilled job, getting it wrong could mean filling the same hole again soon afterwards, at an increased cost. Nevertheless, we’re pleased to see that community spirit is alive and that residents want to do their bit, but in a sea of potholes their action is just a drop in the ocean.
“What we really need is concerted Government investment, ring-fenced for road maintenance, over a number of years so that our roads can be restored to a decent state and we can stop the spiral of decline. AA patrols are already reporting an increase in punctures due to pothole damage. The peril of potholes add to drivers’ costs and create a real danger for those on two wheels.”
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