Hundreds of Kent pothole claims are unsuccessful because of this loophole

Pam Mills

By William Mata

Hundreds of motorists are being denied compensation payments for cars damaged by potholes because of a legal loophole.

Kent County Council is rejecting the claims on the basis of a system that states you cannot be paid if:

– The council did not know about the hole in the first place and so could not be expected to have repaired it.
– And secondly, if the council does know about the hole but has scheduled it for repair you also lose out.

This leaves only a small window of opportunity for any drivers to enter a claim.

A council spokesman admitted to the Times this week: “Because of the legal defence available [to the county council] the majority of compensation claims are unsuccessful.”

For the full story and more local news, visit the Times’ online site or click here.

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