A MOTORIST has vowed not to give up on a battle to get compensation for damage caused to her car by loose road chippings.
The windscreen of Dorothy Holloway’s Kia Sportage was cracked in West Oxfordshire in May when Oxfordshire County Council was resurfacing 60 roads.
Mrs Holloway claims the chipping was thrown up by a council lorry, and has written letters to both the authority and Hazell and Jefferies, the contractor hired to complete the resurfacing work.
Mrs Holloway, 62, is angrythat neither party will pay out for the £60 insurance excess she had to pay.
She is also upset that almost three months after the resurfacing work was completed there are still loose chippings on the road She said: “I’m absolutely fuming. They are both passing the buck.
“It’s not a lot of money but it’s the principle. It makes me so mad – if I break something I pay for it.
Mrs Holloway of Wenrisc Drive, Minster Lovell, added: “We’re not destitute but we’re pensioners, and I don’t think we should have to pay for this repair.”
Work to resurface the county’s roads in May and June prompted a number of complaints from motorists.
Among them was motorcyclist Alan Crowder, who said chippings caused chaos in South Parks Road, Oxford, accumulating in piles and creating an unstable surface.
Council spokesman Owen Morton said: “The county council is not liable for claims of this nature, arising from resurfacing works.
“This claim was dealt with by the contractor which carried out the work, Hazell and Jefferies.
“The contractor has informed the council that having completed its investigations it turned down the claim, stating that the work was carried out to the correct specification.
“There was nothing to suggest they hadn’t carried out the work to the correct specification and therefore they’re not liable.”
A spokesman for Hazell and Jefferies refused to comment.
Mrs Holloway has vowed to continue her battle to get compensation.
She said: “I’m not a happy bunny.
“I know one thing for sure, they’ll back down before I do. The council employed the contractors so the council are liable.”