Feb 232011

potholes £100 millionRoad maintenance campaign website, Potholes.co.uk, welcomes today’s announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT) that an additional £100 million is being made available for councils in England to tackle the current pothole crisis.

But Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, who set up the website in 2007, said the additional cash barely scrapes the surface of the work required to bring Britain’s roads up to scratch.

Potholes.co.uk reports a 39 percent surge, year on year, in the number of potholes reported by road users in the first three weeks of February.

Last week, the website recorded more visits than in the whole of December 2010, suggesting that the problem is only getting worse and cannot be dealt with by a one-off boost in funds.

Duncan McClure Fisher said: “A shot in the arm like this is always a welcome boost for road users. But it won’t eradicate the problem of potholes and, if it’s spent on shoddy, temporary repairs, we’ll be back to square one before we know it.

“The public has a role to play too, and they can do that by reporting potholes to their council or via our website. Local authorities can’t be expected to repair holes within minutes or hours of them appearing.

“We believe councils should be more imaginative about how they address road maintenance. They simply can’t rely on central government to bail them out – it requires efficiency and a long term approach, perhaps incorporating the public and private sectors.”

Feb 152011

AXALeading automotive insurer, Warranty Direct, is now on hand to assist motorists stranded at the roadside, after launching a new breakdown recovery product.

With millions of cars breaking down every year, Warranty Direct’s BreakdownCare service offers peace of mind starting at £33 a year at www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

Operated by AXA Assistance, Warranty Direct’s premium recovery service, BreakdownCare Plus, offers even more protection for £99, including roadside assistance and nationwide recovery anywhere in the UK, home recovery in the UK and 90-day European cover.

To celebrate the launch of the new product, Warranty Direct will offer a free BreakdownCare policy to the first 100 customers after 9am on Tuesday, February 15 who buy a 12-month warranty online at www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

Further benefits from BreakdownCare Plus include assistance following an accident, windscreen repair call-out and tyre assistance, as well as legal advice.

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “Warranty Direct has built its reputation on providing the genuine peace of mind that comes from knowing that, if something goes wrong with their car, they won’t be burdened with an unexpected and unwanted garage bill.

“We are now happy to be able to roll out the same level of service in the event that your car breaks down and you need assistance.”

Warranty Direct is also offering advice on the simple maintenance tasks that could help customers to avoid breaking down in the first place.

  • Make sure your car is fully serviced every year
  • Check your car’s oil and water levels at least once a month and make sure they are topped up if necessary
  • Check your battery once a month
  • Check your tyres regularly – 1.6mm is the legal limit for tyre tread depth and make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct level as set out in your car’s manual

Mr McClure Fisher added: “It’s not always possible to avoid a breakdown, but these simple jobs will help you to avoid any unnecessary problems.”

For more information about BreakdownCare, BreakdownCare Plus or any of Warranty Direct’s policies, call 0118 971 9700 or visit www.warrantydirect.co.uk.