As you may be aware, over the last number of weeks we’ve been enlisting the support of motorists and media across the country as part of our campaign to lobby local authorities to repair our downright dangerous pothole ridden roads.
A key part of this activity is the ‘AA Pothole Petition’ that we are hosting on our website, giving motorists the opportunity to add their signature and select their local authority from a drop down menu. We’d like to thank the 9,300 motorists who have signed our Pothole petition to date and invite those of you who haven’t got around to it yet, to sign up before the closing date which is this Sunday 15th May.
SIGN OUR POTHOLE PETITION – Click here
Why we’re campaigning?
Following the severe cold spell that gripped the country late last year, we’ve received countless complaints through this blog and email@example.com from our members about poor roads countrywide and the seeming inability of local authorities to have them repaired. Our Patrols and Car Servicing technicians are also seeing an inordinate amount of pothole damaged vehicles on a daily basis, ranging from flat tyres with bent wheel rims to more serious and costly issues such as suspension and alignment problems. While the AA does have some sympathy for cash-strapped local authorities, pothole wear and tear is costing motorists money and more importantly jeopardizing their safety.
We have particularly been highlighting the risks to cyclists and motorcyclists, who are most vulnerable on our cratered roads. Those on two wheels really depend on good quality road surfaces and swerving at the last second to avoid a pot hole can be lethal; so can hitting one.
We do accept that the winter damage was an unforeseen event coming at a time when resources are very tight. However it also comes at a time when drivers are paying more tax than ever before on their expensive fuel. Given the enormous contribution made to the exchequer by Ireland’s road users, we believe that drivers are entitled to have these necessary road repairs made a priority.