Proposal would allow pothole damage claims year-round

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Some New York lawmakers are pushing a bill that would require the state to reimburse drivers for pothole-related repairs all year-round.

Currently in New York, who is responsible for car damage from potholes depends on the time of the year. If it’s between November and May, when most potholes form, you cannot file a claim.

Some state legislators are proposing a bill that would change that. One version of the legislation would create a reporting system that gives the state 14 days to fix the pothole – otherwise it would have to start paying claims.

AAA New York says something needs to change to protect motorists.

“It probably should be 12-24 hours, but a reasonable compromise is 14 days, compared to six months,” says AAA spokesperson Robert Sinclair. “We are supporting the bill. It’s vitally necessary.”

The proposal is currently in committee at the state Capitol. Anyone who sees a pothole on state roads can report it at 1-800-POTHOLE.

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