A Colac district motorist has firsthand experience of the damage the district’s dodgy roads can do, with his car and his brother’s car falling victim.
Pomborneit farmer Ray Hay said a pothole on a road near Berrybank caused a tyre on his Mercedes to blow and snap the wheel.
Mr Hay said the force was so hard his airbags deployed and left him without a car for about eight weeks earlier this year.
He said his brother’s BMW had a tyre blow on the Princes Highway between Pirron Yallock and the Stony Rises after he hit a dangerous pothole.
Mr Hay said a tyre on his brother’s car costs about $1200 to replace and he had to have the car towed back to Melbourne.
The farmer said he believed the roads in south-west Victoria were some of the worst in the country and believed people should be able to expect a safe drive along a major road such as the Princes Highway.
“Through the south-west there’s numerous major roads that are dangerous,” Mr Hay said.
“I’m a farmer, I buy and sell cattle, and I travel around the south-west roads a lot and right through to the South Australian border the roads are dangerous,” he said.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.