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Editor’s View: Pothole problems persist, but who acts first?

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Users of mobility products are constantly suffering at the hands of the bad condition of pavements and roads up and down the UK, but how will the issue be resolved?

Many manufacturers, as part of their extensive R&D work, put time into ensuring their products can deal with different terrains and bumps in the road. Despite this, the sheer poor quality of surfaces is causing a major problem.

In the last few months alone, AMP has covered a variety of news stories online and in print which highlight just how bad the problem is, from one man who was sent into intensive care after hitting a pothole in his mobility scooter to another who was left without independent mobility for three months.

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From this, it’s clear that something needs to be done. Should the manufacturers ensure their product is not at all affected by potholes? Should users take things into their own hands? Or should local councils take responsibility and fix the problem?

The answer is probably the latter.

It seems an easy problem to fix. From an outsiders point of view, it surely doesn’t take an eternity to fill in and fix a pothole, having said that, the time it has taken for motorists to get the problem higher up the agenda could point some way to how long it will take the mobility sector.

Coverage and reports to local councils are the first step in the right direction and it is positive to see more and more discourse between victims and councils to try and get to the root cause.

Stories of the sort in this month’s edition on how Mark Bates Ltd gave the Grimsby man his independence back are heart-warming but it shouldn’t have to be the case. Hopefully soon, it won’t be.

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