As usually happens at this time of the year, drivers are again cursing the numerous amount of potholes on our local highways and roads, with some of them sizeable enough to cause a significant amount of damage to your tires, rims and wheel alignment.
Costly repairs can ensue, but did you know that the city of Surrey and the city of Vancouver have money set aside specifically to handle claims for damage caused by those nasty caverns ? Yes , it’s true!!
A story by Shannon Patterson on the CTV news at 6 revealed that the city of Surrey has 15 million $$$ set aside to handle pothole claims, and the city of Vancouver has 20 million $$$. It is required that you document where and when the damage occurred, and take a picture if at all possible. Keep all your receipts, and submit them to city hall as soon as you can to claim for your damages. Of course, make copies of everything and perhaps even CC it to the mayor and councillors.
The reporter also mentioned that most city halls in the province have money set aside for this type of damage, so the next time a pothole takes out your tire and screws up your alignment, try it out. Full details can be found at : http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090109/BC_pothole_090109/20090109/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome
As well, CTV has a pothole map for you so you can avoid the worst of them, and it is user interactive, so that if you know of where a pothole is that others should be warned about, you can submit it directly to their website. http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090107/bc_pothole_map_data_090107/20090107/?hub=BritishColumbiaPothole
I don’t know about you, but this was something I didn’t know about! Thanks to Shannon Patterson at CTVnews. I would love to hear from someone who has actually done this, or tries it, to hear how easy it really is, so get in touch.