Local councils pay £1,000 a month to motorists suffering pothole damage

Councils across Tayside pay a combined £1,000 a month to motorists whose vehicles have been damaged driving over potholes.

Figures released under freedom of information have revealed that since 2012/13, Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross councils have paid out £61,027.35 for repairs.

More than two-thirds of that money was paid by Perth and Kinross, which was hit with compensation claims totalling £34,398 in a single 12-month period.

Over the last five years Perth and Kinross Council had to pay £42,671.35.

A spokeswoman for the local authority said extraordinarily wet weather was to blame for the huge number of payouts in 2015/16.

She said: “Due to the severity of the damage caused by the adverse conditions, the council received just under £1.8 million additional funding towards the repairs from the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland.

“It was impossible to achieve the target repair timescales the council specifies and normally achieves.

“The increased level of damage to the network resulted in an increased number of claims for loss.”

Dundee City Council has paid out £14,613.51 for repairs since 2012/13 but has managed to slash its annual bill by almost 50%.

In 2012/13 the local authority had to pay out £4,399.60 but since 2015/16 has reduced its annual bill to less than £3,000.

Dundee has only paid out £812 for damage from potholes this year, although that total is likely to increase over the winter period.

Angus Council has had the lowest bill, paying out just £3,742.50 over the past five years.