Thu, 01 Oct 2015
NINETY motorists have made claims against West Berkshire Council for damage caused to their vehicles by potholes in the last financial year, new figures have revealed.
According to figures obtained by the RAC the local authority paid out £2, 098 in 2014/15 to motorists claiming damage to their vehicles caused by the districts roads while in 2013/14 just £241 was paid out in compensation.
However despite the dramatic rise in compensation pay outs the statistics released under freedom of information laws show the number of claims has fallen with 409 claims made in 2013/14.
Of those claims less than 1% were successful while in 2014/15 8% of the 90 claims made resulted in a pay out.
West Berkshire Council's compensation bill puts them way above neighbouring authorities Bracknell Forest who paid no compensation in 2014/15, Slough Borough Council paid just £110 for one successful claim while Windsor and Maidenhead's local authority paid out £740 for four successful claims.
Wokingham Council paid out more than £5,000 in compensation for the 2014 calendar year while no figures were provided for Reading.
The report by the RAC shows that of the 200 (out of a total of 207) local highways authorities in England, Scotland and Wales which responded fully and in a standard format to FOI requests by the RAC Foundation dealt with 28,971 compensation claims in 2014/15 compared to 48,945 in the previous year.
This resulted in councils across the UK collectively paying out £2,004,782 in compensation.