In the general scheme of things potholes seem pretty insignificant. Every driver has encountered potholes and a good few have suffered, usually minor, damage to their cars because of them. The answer seems to be that the department has no idea of its purpose and responsibilities — and indeed, seems to believe, rather quaintly, that roads are immutable and indestructible, and need no upkeep. It has to learn that, like all government departments, its job is to serve, not lord it over or ignore, the public. In this case the service consists in striving to maintain all roads in its jurisdiction in a condition that is safe for all road users. Apart from the fact that this is what we, as taxpayers, pay for and have a right to expect, the department should be constantly aware that our economy runs on our roads. Safe roads, in the best possible condition, constantly monitored, constantly maintained and/or upgraded, are absolutely indispensable. Perhaps the current court cases, which make the transport department look very bad indeed, may awaken its conscience and jolt it into action.