Al Mitchell, a British resident from Penrith Gardens, has billed Plymouth City Council £300 (N175k) for damage to his car caused by a neglected pothole on his street.
Mitchell was charged £300 to repair his car, but after determining the source of the damage, the enraged driver forwarded the bill to the council, MetroUK reports.
He claims that the state of the highway has now resulted in significant damage to the ball joint of his Nissan Qashqai’s suspension arms.
According to additional reports, the car Mitchell purchased in June was deemed to be in perfect working order prior to the damage by the Ministry of Transport.
The aggrieved man accused the government of negligence in creating the pothole, which ultimately resulted in significant damage to his car’s ball joint and suspension arms.
Mitchell, who resides in Estover’s Penrith Gardens, claims the street has been plagued by potholes for four years and has complained to the council.
The car owner told Plymouth Live: ”I asked the manager down there for the workshop, and he said it was most likely caused by driving over potholes on a regular basis.
It’s ludicrous, and we’ve been on them about it for four years. We’ve filled out approximately five forms and called them several times, and all we get is “oh, the road is fine.”
We sent them (the council) the MOT bill in our previous complaint but have not received a response. On the bill, I highlighted the repairs I’d been told were most likely caused by the potholes. Everything falls on deaf ears.”
He continued, “Over the last four years, we’ve been hounding them about it, and they’ve partially filled in some gaps once, and then they’ve gotten even worse.” It’s time to redo the entire stretch, particularly with the amount of traffic that comes down here now. It is simply constant.”
The council acknowledged damage to Penrith Gardens in a statement to PlymouthLive, but said it was not severe enough to warrant repairs.
It stated that it has a ‘agreed upon safety inspection process’ for potholes and that ‘anything requiring intervention is at least 40mm and 300mm wide.’
According to indications, the damage to the road may have been caused by the technique used to repair it, known as “‘overlaying,'” which involves placing a new surface directly on top of an existing one without replacing the core, causing the road to resurface.
According to the council, “we have an agreed-upon safety inspection process for potholes, and anything that requires intervention is at least 40mm and 300mm wide.”
Photographs of the road’s surface reveal several potholes, some of which appear to have been patched previously. The road appears to be loose, and there is damage to the street’s road markings and lines.
While the council did not respond to Mitchell’s £300 demand for damages to his car, the man believes that roads, like cars, should undergo an annual MOT test to ensure they are fit for purpose.