Motorhome owners and insurance firms will not be pleased as two pieces of bad news affecting both of them have just been released. Owners are going to have to put up with even more potholes on the road as well as more lights being turned off by councils throughout the United Kingdom.
The NAO (National Audit Office) has released data that shows many local authorities have less to spend on road repairs this winter as the coalition funding has been reduced by more than 20%. As a result they are faced with considerably depleted funds to finance essential highway maintenance and pothole repairs. 2012 has seen a 16% increase in the number of mobile home owners making claims on their motorhome insurance policy after damage was caused to their valuable investment when driving over a pothole. The average repair bill is £130, but some claims are as high as £3,000 and a number of motorhome owners are trying to claim from the council rather than asking their insurance firm to foot the bill. The report has outlined concerns that there is not enough to fund the repair of potholes, risking increased road accident levels. Experts are urging mobile home owners to make sure they are fully protected and if they are unsure, they should ask a broker to find a competitive policy.
To compound the issue of holes in roads, lights on streets throughout the UK are being either switched off or dimmed in order to cut costs and lower carbon emissions. Research found 3,080 miles of major roads and motorways in England now has no lighting and another 47 miles are dimmed during early morning.
Motorhome owners argue that how are they supposed to see potholes on the road if the lights are switched off. They have raised safety concerns that accidents are much more likely to occur in darkness, claiming presence of lighting not only reduces the risk of traffic accidents but also their severity. There are both economic and environmental reasons to cut the amount of lighting, however, there are many safety reasons why lighting has to be made available to drivers at night. Research has shown that 70% of Britain’s motorway network now has no lighting at night, which has saved the Highways Agency £400,000 in the last twelve months but has cost the insurance industry much more in claims.