Road maintenance CEO defends EVs in pothole blame game.

The Managing Director of Asphalt Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers and installers of road surface treatment solutions, has proclaimed that electric vehicles (EVs) should not take the blame for potholes. Stephen Cooke is advocating for a shift in the current narrative, urging a focus on constructing roads that cater to all modes of transport – roads that are durable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly.

Earlier this year, prominent motoring organisations such as The AA, RAC, and FairCharge rebutted allegations that the weight of electric vehicles was responsible for the deterioration of road quality.

As per the latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, over half of the local road network in England and Wales has less than 15 years of structural life remaining. The report highlighted a staggering £16.3 billion requirement to rectify the backlog of carriageway repairs.

Surprisingly, certain national media outlets attributed the worsening road conditions to heavier electric vehicles and larger cars, even though the ALARM survey made no mention of electric vehicles. Stephen Cooke expressed:

“Let’s set the record straight – EVs are not the root cause of the current state of UK roads. The real issue lies in the lack of investment in innovative solutions and a lack of awareness about available options. The conventional ‘quick fix’ pothole treatments are inadequate; we need to adopt a more comprehensive approach. Prevention, reinforcement, and spray treatment hold the key to the future – not just patching up and hoping for the best. Asphalt Group offers viable solutions and seeks a direct dialogue with the government to introduce a solution that benefits society, ultimately saving significant taxpayer funds.”

Asphalt Group presents solutions designed to fortify asphalt surfaces, prolonging road lifespan, cutting costs, and enhancing operational efficiency. Employing this process can extend the life of a road by an additional eight years, focusing on asset management to preserve existing surfaces rather than resorting to continuous patchwork with substandard remedies. Prevention is always better than cure, according to Cooke’s perspective.

Bill Esterson, the Shadow Road and Transport Minister, voiced:

“The number of potholes in the UK far exceeds the craters on the moon. Instead of entertaining conspiracy theories and scapegoats, we need a concrete plan to address road issues. It necessitates replacing temporary fixes and gimmicks with a sustainable strategy that prioritizes long-term resurfacing and preventative measures. With a staggering £16.3 billion worth of repairs pending, the current scenario is unacceptable.”

Quentin Willson, the Founder of FairCharge, added:

“Blaming EVs for potholes is absurd, given that they constitute only around 3% of all vehicles on UK roads. I appreciate the support from road repair experts like Asphalt Group and the Shadow Minister for Roads, Bill Esterson, in advocating for factual accuracy amidst exaggerated media claims linking EV battery weight to road damage. The focus should be on devising lasting solutions to mend the dire state of potholes that the asphalt industry has encountered in nearly three decades. The nation’s economic productivity hinges on the availability of safe, well-maintained road surfaces.”

Images provided by Asphalt Group.

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