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John Topping from Ripon recently ended up with a £150 bill for the damage caused to his car by potholes. He wants councils to compensate motorists whose cars need repairs and also wants local authorities to spend more money on evening up the road surface before problems are caused.
A mechanic from Barkers Garage in Ripon says they are regularly called on to fix the damage caused to vehicles by potholes. James Dickinson has to repair bent wheel hubs and damaged suspension springs.
A survey has revealed that a third of AA members have suffered damage to their cars from potholes over the last two years, while nearly six in 10 motorists in the North East said roads in the region were worse than they were a year ago.
A third of motorists rated the overall surface condition of their local roads as poor, very poor or terrible in the AA/Populus survey of nearly 23,000 drivers.
Only 10% of those polled rated their local roads very good or excellent, with the lowest ratings going to Scotland, Yorkshire and Humberside.
In north-east England, 59% said conditions were worse, while those saying the roads had improved were greatest in Wales and London.