With more than half of councils cutting road maintenance budgets in recent years, hire van drivers in Chester and beyond should potentially expect to encounter more of their pet peeves - potholes.
Research by the AA recently showed that 53 per cent of councils have slashed road maintenance budgets, despite many local authorities planning to increase the price of off-street and permit parking.
President of the AA Edmund King commented that drivers will be frustrated that the additional fees generated from higher parking charges won’t be reinvested to improve the state of local roads.
The findings come just days after Mercedes-Benz Vans found that road repairs are a top priority for motorists, with 60 per cent of van drivers saying that the number one motoring priority for the government should be to repair potholes.
According to the study, two-thirds of respondents had to fork out for pothole repairs to their vans in the last year. Of these drivers, eight per cent said the repairs cost them more than £1,000.
Mercedes-Benz Vans UK’s managing director Steve Bridge commented on the findings, saying: “Our research clearly highlights that potholes and congestion actually cost these hard-working business men and women serious amounts of money, both in repair bills and time lost, which isn’t acceptable.”
Improving parking provisions in town came second in the list of priorities at 43 per cent, while more than a third of van drivers would like to see ministers arrange investment in bypasses to ease bottlenecks. Almost a quarter of respondents said that widening motorways should be a priority.
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