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IAM RoadSmart responds to today's report by the AIA (Asphalt Industry Alliance) 

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IAM RoadSmart responds to today's report by the AIA (Asphalt Industry Alliance) 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 19/03/2024

IAM RoadSmart responds to today's report by the AIA (Asphalt Industry Alliance)

IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Standards Nicholas Lyes said: “The AIA’s report lays bare the crumbling state of our road network as well as the effort and money now needed to fix it. Notwithstanding the financial headache pothole-related damage does to the vehicle’s owner, our crater-laden roads are posing a serious road safety hazard. In 2022 alone, nearly 500 collisions were caused by poor or defective surfaces, resulting in four fatalities. Recent IAM RoadSmart research shows that 82% of motorists have steered away or had to brake hard to try and avoid damage from a pothole in the last 12 months. This worrying finding suggests drivers are being forced to spend a great deal of their time focused on spotting holes in the tarmac rather than monitoring all hazards around them.”

Source on collisions fatalities: Contributory factors RAS0701: Collisions, casualties and road user type (ODS, 802 KB)

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Press Contacts: Rebecca Dundon – Press Officer Rebecca.Dundon@iam.org.uk

Nicholas Lyes – Policy and Standards Director Nicholas.Lyes@iam.org.uk

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