Potholes are number one gripe for motorists according to new research


Reducing the number of potholes should be the next UK government’s number one priority for improving the road network according to a new survey.

A total of 2,156 people took part in the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) survey last month.

The number one gripe amongst those who answered the poll was potholes with 70 % of respondents saying fixing them should be the government’s number one action point.


70% of respondents said fixing potholes should be number one priority



The next biggest concern for road users was general road maintenance, with more than 64 per cent of those surveyed stating this needed more attention.

Third in the list was reducing the number of road accidents and casualties, with 52 per cent of respondents saying it should be a greater government concern.

The fourth aspect of motoring life respondents wanted to see changed was the current driving test.

The survey revealed over 41 per cent of motorists thought the UK driving test is not fit for purpose and would like to see the government make it more relevant to today’s driving landscape.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “No government can be complacent about these figures and we all need to do more to reduce the numbers killed and injured on our roads.

“Cuts in visible policing and road safety spending have had an impact. While these figures cannot be regarded as a trend, they are a major concern that the new Parliament must address.”