Recent bad weather may have long last impact on UK roads

    The state of repair on UK roads will be felt for a long time.

    While the snow caused serious short-term travel disruption, motorists will sadly be suffering its consequences for months and possibly years to come.

    Our roads were already in a poor state of repair before the extreme cold weather hit, so Siberian weather was the last thing our roads needed as the freezing conditions wreak havoc with any road surface that is in bad repair.

    In its quarterly Pothole Index the RAC tracks vehicle breakdowns as a result of damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs or distorted wheels.

    It previously showed that RAC patrols attended 11% more breakdowns attributed to potholes in the last quarter of 2017 than in the same period in 2016 (2,830 in contrast to 2,547).

    The fear is that this spring we may see the emergence of as many potholes as daffodils? As we move into warmer weather and more journeys are made, greater caution is needed as we see even worse surfaces for motorists to drive on.

    Remember, keep your distance from the vehicle in front giving yourself more preparation time when confronted with a hole that will inevitably cause damage to your vehicle and may cause an accident.

    In summary, the Beast from the East's legacy will be roads covered in potholes for years to come.

    Transport For London

    Cars need to meet minimum emission standards when travelling in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.

    Minimum emission standards

    Petrol: Euro 4
    Diesel: Euro 6

    The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

    Information from Transport For London

    Check this car on the TFL website before purchasing: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/vrm-checker-ulez

    SW Car Supermarket

    To save timely negotiation all our cars are heavily discounted upfront and offered nearer cost price, saving customers up to £2000 when compared to our competition. This ensures we are treating every customer the same. This fee is a compulsory fee and applies to all customers.

    Variable admin fee is charged as listed below:

    1. Retail customers pay £149.
    2. Repeat customers purchasing a 2nd car within 12 months of the original invoice date £0.
    3. Retail customers arranging finance using brokers outside of our immediate panel of lenders £399.
    4. Trade customers making a purchase as the motor trade £499.
    5. Export customers including Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland £499.
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