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SCC Highways admits to paying out over £67,000 in claims from motorists

January 9, 2019 6:00 PM

CC BY-SA 4.0 flat tyre on car ( increase in insurance pay-outs for cars damaged by potholes on Suffolk roads

Despite the County Highways receiving grants to repair potholes in our roads many still remain in a sorry state. It seems that at the same time as the Conservative controlled Suffolk County Council is planning to make even more cuts to services it is happy to pay out thousand of pounds to motorists in claims for vehicles damaged on Suffolk's roads.

Data published under Freedom of Information laws has shown that, between 1 January and October 16th last year, Suffolk Highways had already paid out £67,819.07 for vehicle damage (including insurance pay outs, costs and legal fees). This is a significant increase from the previous year, when pay-outs for the whole of 2017 totalled £26,004.63.

"The number of claims has also more than doubled, from 598 in 2017 to 1,265 so far in 2018

Reporting faults with pavements, roads, footpaths etc.

You can report all Suffolk Highways & Public Rights of Way related problems direct to Suffolk County Council via their website- poyholes

Click on the "Report" icon, and choose the relevant category.

Then follow the instructions online to report the problem.

You should receive an email confirming receipt of your report.

Any problems deemed as causing an immediate danger to public safety should be reported to Suffolk Highways on 0345 606 6171.


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