Major rise in those claiming car damage from potholes

There has been a significant increase in the amount of motorists in Donegal who have needed their car fixed after hitting a pothole.

The figures related to members of the AA which is calling on drivers to sign a petition putting pressure on local authorities to fix the roads:

The survey shows that AA members in Roscommon had the highest number of complaints from drivers who needed their car fixed after hitting a pothole.

Wexford, Monaghan, Longford and Mayo were also among the worst offenders for shabby roads.

In Donegal, almost 17% of AA member said they had struck a pothole since the start of this year which required a call-out or left their vehicle in need of gardage repair.

This is an increase of 2% on the period from September to December last year and almost double the figure prior to 2009.

Now the AA is looking for signatures to put pressure on local authorities to carry out repairs -the petition can be signed at www.aaireland.ie/pothole.