Sir Rod Stewart has become so fed up of potholes near his home that he decided to take matters into his own hands and fill them in himself.
The First Cut Is The Deepest crooner posted videos of himself and some of his friends online mending a nearby road in Harlow, Essex, earlier this week.
The 77-year-old told his 1.1 million followers on Instagram he took action because “no-one can be bothered to do it”.
Fed up of incidents regularly taking place on the road as a result of the damaged surface, the singer put on a high-vis vest and started shovelling gravel into the gaps.
“People are smashing their cars up,” the Sailing singer said, adding: “The other day, there was an ambulance with a burst tyre. My Ferrari can’t go through here at all!”
He went on to say: “We are filling the holes while millions and millions of pounds have been spent on the M11.”
His post has received more than 90,000 likes so far, despite the RAC advising against the public filling potholes themselves.
Essex County Council issued a response to Sir Rod’s actions, informing the public that the holes will be temporarily filled in April and resurfaced in July. The spokesperson reminded people not to attempt to repair the potholes themselves, despite potentially being inspired by the rocker.
Head of roads policy at the RAC Nicholas Lyes said: “Firstly, there are safety risks associated with working in a road. Secondly, local authorities will have their own procedures and standards on how best to repair the road and a DIY job is unlikely to conform to this.”
He added those who try and repair the holes would then become liable for any defects that occur afterwards, including to other vehicles.
“The best thing drivers can do is to report potholes and other defects to the highways authorities as soon as possible so they can be fixed properly,” Mr Lyes added.
Many people might be getting fed up with the pothole problem in their area, after the RAC revealed it dealt with the largest ever proportion of callouts related to road damage in any third quarter in 15 years.
Between July and September 2021, it received 1,810 calls regarding breakdowns for broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers, and distorted wheels due to potholes, which is the most it has received since 2006. This is despite this three-month period typically being the quietest quarter for this type of callout.
According to the RAC Pothole Index, drivers are almost one and a half times more likely to hit a pothole and subsequently break down these days than they were in 2006.
It is, therefore, unsurprising that nearly half of all motorists (46 per cent) named the poor condition of local roads as one of their biggest driving concerns, increasing from 38 per cent at the end of 2020.
The findings also revealed 58 per cent of motorists believe the state of roads near where they live have worsened over the preceding 12 months.
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