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Roger Lindley - Publisher-EditorEditorial Comment

They’re back in the headlines - dreaded potholes!

Yes, winter looks like it is over. The end of another sequence of rain, snow, and freezing ground conditions. The perfect storm to create a further expansion of the dreaded potholes. And with ongoing reduction with investments, existing ones are going to get bigger and new ones are going to proliferate.

If action is not taken then potholes are going to merge into potholes resulting in an ‘unpaved’ road. Maybe that’s the thinking.

If those responsible for road maintenance are not prepared to ensure that these vital parts of the infrastructures are kept up to a high standard then they should issue drivers with instruction on how to live with potholes? Which is better? To keep straight and risk damage to tyres and suspensions or to weave around them and risk impact with other vehicles?

If Europe can do it why can’t the UK?

I recently drove through France to Munich for the Bauma exhibition and returned mainly through Germany.

On a journey of over 1,500 miles, we had just one small section of coned off highway. Driving off the motorways through towns and villages, there were no potholes to be seen.

Looks like the politicians got it wrong again. It is not the influx of Romanians and Bulgarians that we should fear. It looks like every pothole in Europe has already migrated!

The French maintain their roads through a system of toll charges, which I have no objection to paying provided the income goes back on the roads. Germany does not have tolls.

Whatever happened to the Road Tax introduced in 1909? Wasn’t the original purpose of that to pay for the road infrastructure? It only took a few years before other departments began to see the cash-cow and to raid it. It would be interesting to know just how much is reinvested and how much goes to the black hole that is the government civil service pension fund.

In 2010, fuel taxes and road tax raised approximately £32 billion. In the same year the government spent £5.7 billion on local roads, £3.75 billion on national roads. That’s a shortfall of £22.55 billion. So why are our roads pock marked with potholes?

Roger Lindley - Publisher-Editor

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