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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Highway Damage

Following the colder than normal weather we experienced in the UK this year, the inevitable damage to roads have occurred. To a large extent, I guess that is to be expected. My car was the unfortunate casualty of the hole in the picture above last month. That particular morning, I changed my tyre, arrived in to work around 30 mins late and booked the car into a nearby tyre service centre for repair, costing me around £50.
One of my work colleagues recommended that I report the incident to the highways authority and make a claim for the damage. This has been at the back of my mind for a few weeks, partly because I needed to photograph the offending hole.
I decided today to investigate the reporting procedure for this sort of road damage, finding more than a couple of press releases stating that there have been numerous claims for compensation of this sort. It all comes out of higher local taxes, so I thought, I'll only be adding to increased council tax in future, so why bother going through the hassle of making a claim. Despite this, I decided I'd attempt to report the road damage.

Conclusion:
I've seen little relative evidence of road repairs in the last month. Driving my route to work is particularly bad, having to pay a lot of undue attention to "slalom" driving whilst trying to avoid further punctures.

I was amazed to see the offending hole still un-repaired! (I only took the photo yesterday morning).

The online reporting page on the Kent County Council website asks for name, address, email, and phone contact number on an insecure webpage.
(i.e. giving out detailed, personal information to that level require a secure webpage starting "https://" the "s" indicating security, however their page is the basic "http://" I don't feel comfortable sending information this way. Who know who can hack that sort of information and end up with tons of addition spam in my email inbox, junk mail through the letterbox and unsolicited telephone calls!

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