Potholes are motorists’ biggest gripe

Reducing the number of potholes should be a high priority for the next government, according to a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

More than 70% of respondents thought the number of potholes on UK roads is a problem. And concerns about general road maintenance are close behind, with 64% saying this needs more attention.

Third on the list, with 52% expressing concern, is reducing the number of accidents. Government stats show that road crashes cost the UK economy £15.6 billion every year, not to mention the human cost.

The Department for Transport says the number of those killed or seriously injured on UK roads increased by 4% in 2014 compared to the previous year.

The IAM survey also reveals that 41% per cent of motorists thought the UK driving test is not fit for purpose and needs updating.

A total of 2,156 people took part in the survey in March 2015. IAM director of policy and research, Neil Greig, said: “No government can be complacent about these figures and we all need to do more to reduce the numbers killed and injured on our roads.”