PAYOUTS to drivers whose cars have been damaged by potholes in Hampshire have cost the taxpayers nearly £180,000, according to the county council.

But the council said it is a “favourable” figure compared to the previous year.

Hampshire County Council said that from the start of the 2022/23 financial year up to February 5, it had paid £179,668.57 to drivers who have suffered damages caused by potholes.

Cllr Nick Adams-King, executive lead member for universal services, confirmed this information and said that the data, compared to last year, is “favourable” for the administration.

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In this period, the council received 1,597 claims, of which 218 “had their liability accepted”, 1,081 have been denied, and the remainder 298 are yet “undecided”.

Cllr Adams-King said: “Compared in terms of the last year, so in the 22/23 financial year, that is about the same in terms of its numbers.

“The number of claims currently admitted is less; it was 334 out of 1778 in 22/23, but of course, there are still quite a number that are outstanding and being investigated. So that’s not a complete picture as yet.”

Each local council has a different procedure for reporting and trying to claim for potholes. They can refuse payouts if they have taken reasonable steps to inspect and maintain the road.