Pothole problems can often be blamed on the same old drivers: poor planning, poor maintenance, or poor punctuality.
But not in South Australian capital Adelaide.
The state’s first ever public service driver shortage has been caused by the city’s notorious potholes, which are typically not marked or repaired in the same way.
“I think we’ve had quite a number of pothole-related incidents, especially in recent years, with potholed cars,” Adelaide Police chief officer Michael White said.
“We’ve got a lot of them in South Adelaide, with a lot more than usual.”
And obviously it’s a concern for us, as we do have to keep the public safe, particularly with our cars in South Perth and in the CBD, which is our busiest area.
“The state government is calling for a national drive to reduce the number of collisions caused by potholes, and for car drivers to wear reflective and self-cleaning paint.
The first-of-its-kind Public Service Driver Crisis Response Plan was launched last month, with the goal of reducing the number and severity of collisions in the city.