The DfT like the idea of pothole app, so they don't have to fix the roads

31 December 2013

pothole The Department for Transport (DfT) like a new app so much that they've decided to back its development. This new app will show everyone where the potholes of the UK are. The app saves anyone having to actually fix our decrepit roads, which resemble one long sink hole.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill has pledged £30,000 to enable CTC, a cycling charity (are all cyclists in need of charity now?) to make their 'fill that hole' site slicker and create a brand new Android app.

The app is already used by 9 million iPhone-havers, which is designed to help people report potholes to their local council.

Goodwill said: "At best they are an irritation but at worst they can damage vehicles and pose a serious danger to cyclists. That is why we want people to tell councils where to find them so they can fill them in. This app means more people are going to be able to report potholes more easily."

Clearly, it is cheaper to give people the power to report things, which won't be acted on, than it is to actually pay to fix the problem in the first instance.

TOPICS:   Motoring   Mobile

6 comments

  • klingelton
    Reported potholes along one road in Leeds several times. The answer I get from the council is "this road is not scheduled for repair during the next rounds, It's likelihood for repair will be reviewed in 2015". Wilful criminal neglect.
  • Mundo Q.
    At least if there's a record of the pothole being reported and your car is damaged there's a better change of a compensation claim to the council concerned, people in the UK need to be more pro-active on the whole pothole problem to make any real changes. If its more than 4 inches deep think they have a duty of care to repair it within 24 hours and never take no for an answer with any claim involving any pothole damage !
  • Shaun
    The irony here is that roads were originally tarmacced to improve the surface for cyclists long before cars came along. Now the gov are relying on an army of volunteer cyclists and a charity mostly funded by cyclists to survey the roads for them; all while the gov seems to be spending peanuts on cycling and billions on slightly faster trains to London from Birmingham and the North.
  • Peter P.
    No Android app...curses!
  • Han S.
    "The app is already used by 9 million iPhone-havers" - Err no, it's available to 9 million, doesn''t mean they all use it. Stick to cutting and pasting instead of cutting and editing.
  • Myles
    Reported potholes along one road in Leeds several times. The answer I get from the council is “this road is not scheduled for repair during the next rounds, It’s likelihood for repair will be reviewed in 2015″. Wilful criminal neglect. make a few pothole damage claims i am sure they will soon get it fixed!

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