Local councils have forked out £35,000 in compensation from 2015 to 2017!
According to a new survey, one in five drivers in the UK blame speed bumps for damaging their car, with local councils having to fork out £35,000 in compensation payouts from 2015 to 2017.
Councils across the country have had to pay out £35,000 in compensation between 2015 and 2017 because of damage caused by speed bumps, despite them not being classed as a ‘road defect’, creating an issue for drivers wishing to claim.
There are however, restrictions on how big speed bumps are allowed to be in size.
From a poll of 2,000 people, it was found that 22% said driving over a speed bump, of which there are a reported 29,000 in the UK, had caused damage to their car, costing on average £141 for repairs.
Of these, 48% of incidents were tyre-related ,whilst 33% had issues with the suspension. Also, the data found that 41% of UK motorists think that speed bumps cause ‘too much’ damage to cars.
In addition, 17% of those taking part in the survey said they were confused as to why councils chose speed bumps rather than looking at other alternatives for reducing motorists’ speed, with 27% believing speed bumps are overall ‘ineffective’ at reducing speed.
Furthermore, 28% would like to see clearer road markings and signage for speed bumps, as they believe many of them currently on UK roads are difficult to see, which can lead to drivers going over them too quickly and possibly damaging their car.
Confused.com carried out the research and also made a number of Freedom of Information requests to councils, who revealed that local authorities had to fork out around £35,000 between 2015 and 2017 in compensation to drivers whose cars had been damaged because of a speed bump.
One of the worst places turned out to be London, where £15,717 had been paid out in compensation over the same period for damage caused by one of the capital’s 8,516 speed bumps.
Speed bumps are installed on specific roads to slow drivers down, yet 29% of those taking part confessed to speeding up in between the humps, whilst 19% admitted to not slowing down at all for speed bumps.
Around 27% of drivers think speed bumps create traffic flow disruptions, whilst 23% said they avoid roads they know have speed bumps on them, with a further 58% suggesting that speed humps should be made lower.
Pollution is also an issue, as 22% said that speed bumps are bad for the environment because they mean a driver has to constantly keep changing their speed, with 23% claiming they should be removed altogether for this reason.
In contrast to, about half of those taking part believe speed bumps go some way in protecting pedestrians, whilst 44% think they help improve road safety.
“With 22 per cent of drivers having experienced damage to their car as a result of speed humps, perhaps markings on speed humps could be made clearer to avoid any bumpy surprises,” said Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.
Motorists are advised to approach speed bumps slowly and carefully to avoid damaging their vehicle. Any driver who believes a speed bump has caused damage to their car, despite driving over one at reasonable speed, should check its height when safe to do so to see if it’s possible to make a claim for compensation.
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