Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today revealed that local authorities have paid out more than £1.1m in compensation for damage caused by potholes since 2013/14 and warned that crumbling infrastructure posed a danger to drivers and cyclists.
Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats under freedom of information show that local authorities paid out £1,153,131 over the past five years. The highest spending council was Scottish Borders who paid out £246,301.
Spending by local authorities on tackling problems with their roads, such as potholes, has fallen by 20% in recent years.
Commenting on the figures Mr Rumbles said:
“These figures are an insight into the damage caused by Scotland's crumbling roads. I expect many more people will have simply forked out for repairs out of their own pocket.
“It is easy to see the state of disrepair our roads are currently in. No wonder transport bosses have estimated the cost of repairing them all is £1.6 billion.
“It’s frustrating to see problems with our roads mounting because of relentless underfunding by the Scottish Government.
“Allowing our roads to degrade is costing councils and it’s a danger for drivers and cyclists too. The Scottish Government must explain how it is going to bring our roads up to the standards people expect, keeping people safe and traffic moving."