After recent rain, the National Roads & Motorists’ Association is calling on the community for help in identifying the worst potholes to get fixed.
The NRMA is calling on motorists to visit the Fix My Street section of the NRMA’s new community hub – Speak Out – and upload photos and the exact location of potholes that have appeared following the recent heavy rain.
Once uploaded at www.mynrma.fixmystreet.org.au the details will be forwarded to the relevant local council to get the pothole fixed.
NRMA President Kyle Loades said heavy rain made bad roads worse and created potholes where none existed before.
“When it comes to potholes we can be sure of two things – the longer it rains the more likely they’ll appear and the longer it takes to fix them, the worse they’ll get,” Mr Loades said.
“The obvious risk with potholes is the damage they can cause to vehicles – particularly the vehicle suspension.
“However, deeper potholes can also be a safety risk as the impact – or a reaction to avoid them – could cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle.”
Mr Loades said many regional and Sydney-based councils were struggling to raise the necessary funds to maintain roads to a safe standard, therefore helping to identify local pothole problems would help give them more information about what needed to be done to maintain local roads.
“An NRMA report released recently showed that there was a $4 billion funding backlog needed to help councils maintain roads to a safe standard,” Mr Loades said.
“Heavy rain makes local roads even worse, which is why it’s so important that the Australian and NSW Governments provide councils with the necessary funding to maintain local road safety.
“In the meantime we want motorists to pinpoint local trouble spots so that we can get that information to local councils as soon as possible.”