OVER 200 disgruntled motorists have signed an AA Ireland petition protesting the number of potholes in Co Louth.
The online pothole petition, launched at the end of March on aaireland.ie attracted 237 signatures from motorists countywide.
“Damaged roads and potholes are causing huge frustration and damage, so we are not surprised that we got such a strong response,” said Director of Policy Conor Faughnan.
“Local Authorities are aware of the problem, but despite the allocation of some extra resources for road repairs they are still strapped for cash. That and the effects of the last winter mean that 2011 is the year of the pothole.”
This week the AA will begin the dissemination of the 9,500 signatures gathered nationwide, to the appropriate local authorities.
“It’s good news and definitely a step in the right direction that an additional e60 million has recently been made available to restore regional and local roads,” he said.
“But given the scale of the work needed countrywide we are likely to find that it is a long way short of what is needed to do the job right and bring our roads back up to scratch.”
AA Patrols and Car Servicing Technicians continue to report disproportionately high numbers of motorists presenting with pothole damage to their vehicles.
“A classic example of this is motorists who would have recently shelled out hundreds for new tyres only to write one off shortly after as a result of hitting a pothole,” said Mr Faughnan.
“We’re now in the height of the summer and that means that more people are out cycling and on motorbikes. With a higher number of vulnerable road users active on our roads, this is an optimum time to bring our petition to Local Authorities and voice the concerns of thousands of Irish road users.”