Lothian councils pay £200k in pothole compensation

Alex Johnstone. Picture: Comp
Alex Johnstone. Picture: Comp
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LOTHIAN councils have paid out almost £200,000 compensating drivers whose cars have been damaged by potholes.

In total, Scottish motorists were reimbursed £584,745 in 2012/13 with the five-year total now standing at more than £2.7 million, figures obtained by the Conservatives show.

Edinburgh paid out more than £27,000 in compensation last year alone.

Over the five-year period £102,054 was paid out by the city council while East Lothian shelled out over £53,000 and Midlothian and East Lothian £23,709 and £14,169 respectively

The amounts paid out for repairs such as suspension damage and burst tyres vary considerably.

Scottish Conservative transport spokesman Alex Johnstone MSP said: “The state of roads both in the city and the countryside are a matter of real concern.

“We need to make sure surfaces are kept in good condition because investment in that would very much reduce the cash paid out in future.

“The true damage caused by potholes is likely to be far higher than this because many drivers can’t face going through the official channels to try and recoup the money paid for repairs. Perhaps if the Government took more of a lead in investing in our roads, it would encourage more councils to do the same.

“Only when the overall standard of roads are improved will we see these compensation figures come down.”