£2MILLION paid to motorists who cars were damaged by potholes last year

Councils paid out £2MILLION to motorists who cars were damaged by potholes last year as it emerges drivers made one complaint every 46 seconds A record-breaking 700,000 complaints about potholes were made last year  Due to the damage done to cars, local councils have paid out £2million in 2018  Complaints are up from 2017 with one being made to councils every 47 seconds

By John Stevens Deputy Political Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:30 BST, 14 August 2019 | Updated: 02:00 BST, 14 August 2019

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Almost 700,000 potholes were reported by motorists for repair on England’s crumbling roads last year.

Figures show complaints to local authorities jumped by 13 per cent on the year before.

It came as councils paid out £2million in compensation to drivers for damage to their vehicles caused by potholes.

More than 700,000 complaints have been made across Britain due to the pitted state of the roads

More than 700,000 complaints have been made across Britain due to the pitted state of the roads

National chairman of the federation of small businesses (FSB), Mike Cherry has pointed out the importance of well maintained roads to small business owners

National chairman of the federation of small businesses (FSB), Mike Cherry has pointed out the importance of well maintained roads to small business owners

The data, released by councils following Freedom of Information requests by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), provides a snapshot of the state of the country’s roads.

Some 699,535 potholes and damaged road surfaces were reported across England in 2018/19 - the equivalent of a complaint every 46 seconds. The figure was up from 616,557 in 2017/18.

Authorities in the North East received the largest number of

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