The nation’s van drivers have had their say on the sorry state of Britain’s highways & byways – and pothole repair tops the list of urgent transport priorities for the new Government. In fact, two thirds of van drivers, owners and operators say they have had to pay for van repairs in the last 12 months as a result of pothole damage. Along with congestion hotspots and urban parking demand, urgent action is required.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, commented: “With almost 4.2 million van drivers on our roads – around one in 10 of all vehicles on our highways – the voice of this important group of motorists needs to be heard. Our research clearly highlights that potholes and congestion actually cost these hard-working business men and women serious amounts of money, both in repair bills and time lost, which isn’t acceptable.
“We are urging van drivers therefore, to report any potholes they come across to the local council – while it may seem time-consuming, there are a number of ways to do this online and via apps to help alert to and ultimately fix the issue."
“If hitting a pothole is unavoidable, drivers of Mercedes-Benz vans can have their vehicles checked over by booking into one of our nationwide Dealer network workshops and having a free, no-obligation Visual Health Check by one of our Mercedes-Benz trained technicians, who will carry out a thorough visual inspection. This means that issues can be spotted before they become an issue, to reduce unexpected downtime and repair bills.”