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Hole in road makes a big hole in hip pocket

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November 23, 2017

A MORNINGTON Peninsula man was left out of pocket when two of his vehicle’s tyres were seriously damaged last month.

A MORNINGTON Peninsula man was left out of pocket when two of his vehicle’s tyres were seriously damaged last month.

Now Jack Newton wants compensation from VicRoads, the authority responsible for the stretch of road that pierced two of his tyres.

Although works have started to fix the notorious stretch that doesn’t help Mr Newton now.

He lived in Echuca for three years and was visiting the area last month.

When Mr Newton was on his way home he hit a pot hole at noon on October 14.

He had turned left at the Ogilvie Ave roundabout onto the highway and hit the hole out the front of the Caltex service station (pictured).

‘‘I hit it at 70km/h (which is the speed limit on this stretch of road),’’ he said.

‘‘The damage from this pot hole was severe — piercing my front right tyre and bending my custom-made rim.’’

Mr Newton would like ‘‘some form of compensation’’ after spending $258 to replace two tyres. He is still waiting for a quote to fix or replace his rim as it is ‘‘not in appropriate condition to be in use when driving’’.

At the very least he would like the issue brought to attention so that other vehicles are not damaged.

‘‘Perhaps the speed limit should be reduced or signage should be installed to alert drivers of the road conditions ahead?’’ he said.

‘‘It’s dangerous.’’

VicRoads acting regional director Bryan Westley said works were underway to repair sections of the highway.

‘‘This work is expected to be completed by the end of summer,’’ he said.

‘‘The Victorian Government has doubled its spending on road maintenance and rehabilitation this year, so we’ll be doing more repairs than we’ve done in decades.’’

Repair works on the highway near the roundabout are expected to be completed in the next month, weather dependent.

Motorists are advised to obey road work speed signage and drive to the conditions.

Motorists can submit a claim for compensation by completing a notice of incident claim form available on its the VicRoad’s website.

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