When is a hole not a pothole?

* Not enough cash to repair roads * Councils redefine potholes * Could lead to more compensation claims...

When is a hole not a pothole?

Councils around the country are so strapped for cash when repairing roads that they have redefined what a pothole is.

Local authorities are facing a shortfall of over 1 billion for repairing around one million potholes each year, so a group of over 20 councils have compiled new road-repair guidelines.

Apparently, they have decided that holes in the road only become potholes when they are more than 4cm deep.

These councils are now cutting their road maintenance bills by refusing to repair potholes unless they are deeper than this.

Motoring and cycling groups have warned that this will lead to more accidents and a surge in compensation claims.