Have you been a victim of Yorkshire’s potholes?
According to recent findings, two-thirds of company car and van drivers have suffered some form of damage as a result of hitting a pothole in the last year.
Almost 29,000 drivers made claims against councils for damage caused in the last financial year. In finding from the RAC Foundation survey, over £2 million was paid out overall.
The most common problems were damage caused to tyres, suspension and wheel rims, with repairs costing an average of £267.
This is a problem that faces every local authority, there are more than 40,000 potholes reported every year to Kirklees Council alone.
But this summer Kirklees and Calderdale Councils are testing the latest technology aiming to put the plight of potholes at bay.
A Kirklees spokesman told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner: “We are testing a number of options to repair potholes across the district.”
One technique, called jet patching, can permanently repair a pothole in about two minutes – a fraction of the time it takes a conventional repair gang to do the job. High-velocity air is used to remove all dust and debris from the defect. A cold bitumen emulsion is then forced into every crack and crevice, sealing the defect and protecting it by preventing the ingress of water.
An aggregate mix is then fired at high velocity through the delivery hose, evenly coating the granules with bitumen emulsion.
Due to the speed of the process, road closures are not required in most instances, dramatically reducing disruption and related costs.
The council is also testing a MultiHog Patch Planer, which planes off the road surface to enable a squared off hole to be filled by a following gang.
It is quicker than having to saw cut and break out the defective road by hand. It can quickly move from location to location and operate in restricted areas which also minimises the traffic management required.
We’re hoping that some of this technology will be adopted full time making the roads of Yorkshire clear of pesky potholes. If you have had a run in with a pothole make sure you report it to your local council. Need to replace damaged parts? We run an extremely efficient used parts warehouse, if you're looking for a specific part for a specific model, simply give us a call on 01535 609 071, and we'll check our current stocks to see if we can help.