Local authorities are working under strict budget constraints and we believe that priorities may be rather different this year when it comes to dealing with pothole problems.
It would not come as a shock if local councils take much longer to deal with the issue, so we are urging motorists, especially those on unlit country roads, to stay vigilant and where possible report major potholes.
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An 88-year-old woman has died after a hit and run in Birmingham.
Isolated showers remain possible, again more likely in the east. Breezy at times, especially near the coast.
A scattering of showers developing during the afternoon. There will be a few showers in the north tonight.