I was travelling up Kensington High Street to a basketball game last Wednesday night when I came to a pool of water on the road. There was water everywhere so I slowed down to about 15 miles per hour so that I did not splash other road users. As I drove over the water I heard a very loud sound and the car vibrated so much that it felt like I had hit a pot hole at 40 miles an hour.
I knew that something bad had happened and, of course, something sharp in that water had pierced my tyre, not underneath, but on the side! I had bought the very same tyre less than 3 weeks ago for £98 as part of the MOT service. Furthermore, less than 3 days ago I paid my road tax, £205. It’s very expensive to run a car in London and one would hope that the city council would provide proper roads for us to use.
I’ve written to the council about this and the case is still pending…look out for an update. Normally I wouldn’t do such a thing, but I’m frustrated and I just feel that it’s not fair.
Verdict: I did get compensation from the council but they informed me that it was just a gesture of goodwill.