Prolonged underfunding, widespread flooding and recent "severe winters" have all contributed towards Britain's "pothole epidemic", the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Peter Box of the LGA felt the blame lay with treacherous weather conditions and Westminster's underfunding of local authorities.
Decades of underfunding, severe winters and recent widespread flooding have left large swathes of our roads in disrepair with many councils struggling with a £10 billion repair backlog and only able to patch up a deteriorating network.
Despite our best efforts, the situation will only get worse as councils contend with deep central government funding cuts and spiralling compensation costs for pothole damage.
Councils need increased and consistent funding to invest in the widespread resurfacing projects which our roads network desperately needs if we're to see a long-term improvement.
– chairman of the Local Government Association's economy and transport board Peter Box
Councils paid out a total of £2.5 million in compensation to drivers who had their vehicle damaged by Britain's "pothole epidemic", according to a breakdown company.
A Freedom of Information request by Britannia Rescue exposed the extent of damage to vehicles, which also showed UK councils had received 32,600 pothole related compensation claims in 2012/13.
Drivers complained of everything from potholes ruining wheel rims, puncturing tyres to damaged suspension.
A spokesman for Britannia Rescue said the data showed UK road maintenance was "severely under-funded with around £16 spent per driver on maintaining road surfaces and fixing potholes - less than 10% of the annual road tax bill".
Constantly mending damaged roads, rather than dealing with potholes in a "planned and cost-effective way" is "nonsensical and costly to the country", AIA chairman Alan Mackenzie said.
The Department for Transport's potholes review was a welcome initiative and concluded that 'prevention is better than cure'.
When you add up all the costs incurred by not following this advice, it's hard to understand why central Government cannot find a way to invest in this much-needed work and save on higher costs in the future.
– Alan Mackenzie, Asphalt Industry Alliance chairman