Essex County Council has announced that it has taken steps to reduce both motorcycle accidents and car crashes by introducing the "most radical and innovative scheme ever seen in the UK to tackle the issue of potholes".
The scheme has been welcomed by both road safety groups and personal injury lawyers, with both groups believing the scheme will reduce injuries while lessening the financial impact of pothole-related compensation claims.
Edward King, president of the Automobile Association (AA), implied the move had the potential to reduce the number of pothole-related car and motorcycle accidents, "The AA welcomes this scheme as potholes are a major concern for cyclists, motorbike riders and car drivers.
"Some local authorities are paying out more in compensation for damage and injury caused by potholes than they are in actually filling in the holes. Let's hope this innovative scheme can help make potholes history."
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