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Pothole damage claims fall

Pothole damage claims fall

Published at 2:28pm 30th September 2015. (Updated at 3:25pm 30th September 2015)

Highways bosses say a "robust" inspection regime has helped to reduce the number of pothole payouts in North Yorkshire.

Damage claims made by motorists have almost halved over the last two years, with fewer now being successful.

Figures obtained by the RAC Foundation show that the number of claims made between 2012/13 and 2014/15 fell from 571 to 253.

The percentage of successful claims also fell from 18% to 9%.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire County Council said: "Effective highway maintenance is the County Council's top transport priority and this year we are providing an additional £7 million to bolster our existing highway maintenance capital programme.

"Despite this extra investment, it is not possible to fix all problems on the network.

"As a result, we operate a robust highway safety inspection regime which seeks to ensure that we identify and repair safety defects as quickly as possible.

"Whilst it is always regrettable when road users suffer damage to their vehicles, it is our view that this overall approach to highway maintenance ensures that we spend as much of our resources as possible on fixing the roads, rather than paying out insurance claims."