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Bill Gov’t for pothole damage

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM


There is now growing discussion about the Government's proposal to make insurance companies liable for damage done to road furnishings like guard rails, in the event of an accident by one of their insured clients.

I am not against that action, but I believe the playing field should be levelled. The Government should not be the only recipients of proceeds from such acts.

Many times, accidents are caused because of motorists weaving their way through potholes and hanging shrubs or tree limbs. The situation is actually worse on unfamiliar roads or when it rains heavily.

Drivers often fall into potholes and damage their undercarriages and front ends through no fault of their own. On occasion, vehicles are even disabled from falling into these holes.

If the Government wants to charge for damage by motorists and others to road infrastructure, it should also pay for damage done to personal vehicles, because many of Jamaica's roads are not fit for travel.