Council in Scotland defines what makes a pothole a pothole

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Large deep pothole an example of poor road maintance due to reducing local council repair budgets
A council has redefined how a pothole is classified – after reports have emerged that half of AA members in Scotland have had damage done to their cars as a result of poor road surfaces.

Perth and Kinross Council has announced that potholes must be 60mm deep before the council can even consider getting them repaired.

The move has been made in the hope that it will save the council money, by reducing its pricey road repair budget.

The council hopes that the move will save £120,000 – despite angering many drivers across the area.

Willie Robertson, a Kinross-shire Liberal Democrat councillor, told the Daily Mail: "The anticipated 'saving' is given as a £120,000.

"As a cyclist I know that damaged road drains are a real danger. You can't avoid them because of traffic passing you.

"I wonder what the cost will ultimately be when people claim for compensation from the council for the cost of repairing their vehicles."

In the period between 2009 and 2014, Scottish councils paid out £2.7 million to drivers whose cars had suffered damage as a result of bad road conditions.

Robert Noble, a resident from Crieff, said: "When I moved to Perth and Kinross in 1971, the Perthshire roads were maintained to a high standard and the off-lets were cleaned regularly.

"Now there appears to be a 'could not care less' attitude within the council."

A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council told the paper: "To ensure safety, we will continue to undertake repairs in inherently dangerous circumstances as part of a risk-assessment approach."

It comes after research revealed that more than a third of drivers have had damage done to their cars from potholes. A poll of 25,208 drivers found a staggering 39 per cent to have had their tyres, bodywork or various other parts of their cars damaged after hitting a pothole.