New iPhone app for reporting potholes
Featured in15 October 2010 - 10:54
MOTORISTS and cyclists frustrated about the state of the country’s road surfaces can now instantly report potholes, following the launch of the ‘Fill That Hole’ iPhone app.
The iPhone app combines a photograph of a pothole with GPS technology to pinpoint the exact location of the hazard. Once a report is logged, the relevant local authority is informed so they can inspect and fix it.
Commissioned by Aggregate Industries and CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organization, the app reports problem road surfaces via CTC’s popular website www.fillthathole.org.uk – all in less than 2min.
With 1.4 million potholes reported across England and Wales last year and an estimated £9.5 billion needed to bring the countries’ roads up to scratch, the app has been designed to give power to the millions of road users who continue to damage their vehicles and suffer injury as a result of potholes.
It also highlights which local authority is responding to the issue with figure reporting, fix rates and league tables of local authorities across the country.
Tom Longland, general manager at Aggregate Industries, said: ‘Potholes and general poor road maintenance continue to be major gripes of the British public and are areas requiring substantial further investment from the Government.
‘The ‘Fill That Hole’ app is designed to put the ball back in the road users’ court, so they can take their own action, report potholes and monitor the response from their local authority.’
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