By William Mata

Hundreds of motorists are being denied compensation payments for cars damaged by potholes because of a legal loophole.

Kent County Council is rejecting the claims on the basis of a system that states you cannot be paid if:

– The council did not know about the hole in the first place and so could not be expected to have repaired it.
– And secondly, if the council does know about the hole but has scheduled it for repair you also lose out.

This leaves only a small window of opportunity for any drivers to enter a claim.

A council spokesman admitted to the Times this week: “Because of the legal defence available [to the county council] the majority of compensation claims are unsuccessful.”

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