AN Eyemouth driver is waiting to see if Scottish Borders Council will agree to stump up £900 to cover the bill for damage caused to his car by potholes on roads.
John Peters is just one of a growing number of motorists fed up with the level of damage an increasing number of potholes in the region is causing to their vehicles, mainly in the form of punctured tyres and damaged alloy wheels.
Recent periods of bad weather has seen more deterioration in road surfaces in certain parts of the region.
Mr Peters says he had to replace an alloy wheel, a tyre that was only two weeks old and actually had to join the AA to ‘rescue’ him and his car as a result of potholes experienced during his daily commute to Jedburgh.
“Coupled with having to take holidays, running up and down to Edinburgh to collect spares, etc., I’m out of pocket to the tune of some £900,” he said.
“I’m told by SBC my claim has been passed to their insurance company, so I will wait and see what happens.
“If people report such road problems rather than simply moan about them online or otherwise, this puts more pressure on the council to fix things.
“The website Fixmystreet.com is really good as they pass the information on to the council concerned and they have a better logging system where you can see all reported problems.”
And Mr Peters, whose car is fitted with the ‘Road Hawk’ video camera system which records causes of vibration and bumps from road surfaces, including potholes, believes the state of local roads could have another less immediately visible impact.
He said: “There is another downside as regards the state of the roads. I think they are in such a serious condition now that this could discourage people to visit other towns for shopping.
“Who will travel to Berwick from the Borders when faced with a bone-crunching high-risk journey via the A698 or the B6350, which is a nightmare to travel on?
“I changed my route and now use the A698 when travelling daily from Eyemouth to Jedburgh,” said Mr Peters, who is employed at the L.S. Starrett factory in Jedburgh.
As far as Mr Peters’ compensation claim was concerned, SBC said it could not comment.
A spokesman said: “This year’s severe weather - with heavy rainfall, freezing conditions and more recently snow - has inevitably caused damaged to the Borders’ roads.”