Pothole damages vehicles

2012-10-27 00:00

WHO is responsible and who pays for pothole damage to a vehicle?

This is what many motorists are asking after their vehicles hit a pothole measuring about 15 to 20cms deep on Marine Drive near the Old McDonald’s farm stall yesterday.

At 12.34 pm a driver (whose name is known to The Witness) had to pull off the road because of wheel damage to his company vehicle.

He saw four cars that had also pulled off the road because of smacking into the pothole which brought their vehicles to a standstill.

“The damage to my vehicle has cost me in the region of R800 so far, this being for a new tyre and wheel alignment,” said the driver. He is waiting to hear if there is further damage to his vehicle.

One woman had two of her VW’s wheels damaged. As she only had one spare, she was stranded and was waiting for someone to bring her another replacement tyre.

Another vehicle’s wheel, wheel rim and suspension were so badly damaged that the driver couldn’t get the buckled wheel off to put the spare on.

While trying to extricate the wheel, he admitted to not having any money to pay for the repairs that his bakkie would require.

The costs to replace the tyres and repair as well as balance the rims on just the cars seen by The Witness yesterday will amound to thousands of rands.

The driver who spoke to The Witness said while he was trying to help drivers with their vehicles, a traffic department Nissan bakkie drove past the four cars that had pulled over. He tried to flag it down, but it didn’t stop.

A while later another traffic department vehicle, this time a white Golf, also drove past the waving man and stranded cars, also not bothering to stop.

It has since been established that because Marine Drive is a provincial road, the municipality is not responsible for the potholes in it.

At the time of going to press The Witness was attempting to get comment.

• lynnh@feveronline,co.za

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