Just three months after Dawsongroup | emc bought six of the JCB Pothole Pro machines, Managing Director Glen Carruthers has signed a deal for another five for hire across the UK.

Dawsongroup | emc is JCB’s official rental partner for the Pothole Pro and the additional machines, bought from dealer TC Harrison JCB, are now being rolled out for rent or contract hire by local authorities and contractors across the country.

Dawsongroup | emc managing director Glen Carruthers said: ‘We were so impressed with the JCB Pothole Pro that we have ordered an additional five machines which will double the size of our fleet within a five-month period.

‘Every day we are talking to our customers asking them how to improve the way they do things and the Pothole Pro fits perfectly into that profile. The JCB Pothole Pro eradicates potholes easily with one machine in a more efficient, cost effective and safer way than more traditional methods.

‘Potholes continue to be a major issue for our country, and we are determined to help fix the problem by giving customers the option to hire a JCB Pothole Pro from Dawsongroup.’

The most recent Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey estimated that there are £12.64bn worth of outstanding road repairs in England and Wales – equating to a nine-year backlog.

Tests with contractors and local authorities show the JCB Pothole Pro can complete a pothole repair four times quicker than standard methods in less than eight minutes – equivalent to 700 potholes per month. With a 40km/h travel speed, the machine can also rapidly relocate between sites without additional transport costs.

JCB Pothole Pro sales manager Ben Rawding said: ‘Dawsongroup’s order for a further five JCB Pothole Pro machines really shows its commitment to helping tackle the scourge of potholes.

‘JCB’s solution is simple and cost effective and fixes potholes permanently, first time, and we are excited that such a major hirer continues to recognise the machine’s benefits. City councils, large rural county councils and Tier 1 highways contractors across the UK have invested in the Pothole Pro, and all are seeing significantly more defects being fixed, economically, permanently and safely. In fact, Stoke-on-Trent City Council – the first authority to invest in the Pothole Pro – has repaired seven years’ worth of defects in just 12 months.’