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Highway robbery? Another charge now levied for the unlucky drivers


TopCat®
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who's vehicle causes damage to the highway. story here This has given concern to insurance companies and policy holders too when inflated claims are demanded by various Highways Agency contractors for cleaning and repairs carried out. TC.

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Quickbeam

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As far as I know the highways people have always claimed on the vehicle insurance for damage to highways.

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carver

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There's a big difference between the Highways Agency and the contractors who are now running some of our motorways, the contractors are out to get the most they can without any regards to actual cost involved.

If something costs £50 to repair they will bill you for £100 and know full well they will get it, another chance to rip of the cash cow motorist.

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HondaMan

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As far as I know the highways people have always claimed on the vehicle insurance for damage to highways.

Quite true. When I worked for a local authority, part of my job was to pursue the motorist to reclaim the cost of repairing damage to the highway

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HondaMan

You say it was part of your job to pursue the motorist, was this for the purpose of getting them to pay direct, or to provide details of their insurers? You don't make it clear - your post reads as though you were reclaiming directly from the motorist.

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interzone55

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When my ex-father in law tore up a chunk of the central reservation on the M6 Toll he was billed direct by Midland Expressway Ltd with a note to pass it to his insurers for payment.

I assume this is the same process with councils

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alan14

Thank you for that information. It must get complicated when there's a multiple pile-up.

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Chronos the 2nd

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I was pursued by my local council after hitting a lamp post. I was billed quite a considerable sum for the complete replacement of the lamp-post and all the labour costs that went along with that operation.

I happened to know that they did nothing more than replace the inspection plate. How did I know? I could see the lamp-post from my house and could see exactly what work was done.

To cut a long story short the council seem to managed the signed off work orders but still only back down from pursuing the case on the day of the court hearing. By this time I had been refused legal aid so my lawyer had to step back but when I said I was prepared to defend myself she prepared a list of the sort of questions I should be asking.

I arrived a court suitably fortified with a couple of large vodkas only to be told that the council was not preceding with the case.

And the FE wonders why I have a cynical/devious mind.

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HondaMan

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your post reads as though you were reclaiming directly from the motorist.

Indeed we did. We took the view that it was a matter between us, the council and the motorist. If he brought his insurer into the equation, that was fine, but the initial contact was always with the motorist who if he did not respond within 21 days, found a county court summons on his doormat. If his insurer then failed to pay in time, we would proceed to a hearing. We NEVER approached the insurer. It was up to them to contact us in their client's interests

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finerty

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so that's why our premiums are so so so high high high

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Chegs ®™

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I can see the Highways depts point about charging the morist for repairs but I can also see the motorists/insurers point about these charges being excessive on occasion,£300 to clean up a non-existent oil spill is mentioned & also a comment from a road repairman saying the materials used would only equate to £12.50(ignoring the obvious wages for the repair team,etc)to clean a genuine spill.

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