Published Thursday, 12 December 2013
Poor road maintenance has led to compensation claims. (© Getty)
The department has paid out £21m in the last five years.
Over £19.5m was paid out for personal injury claims while another £1.3m was paid to drivers whose vehicles were damaged because of poor road maintenance.
The figures were obtained by the SDLP's John Dallat through a written question to roads' minister Danny Kennedy.
The MLA for East Londonderry said: "This gravy train is gaining speed again having showed a worrying increase in 2012/13 both for personal injuries and damage to motor vehicles.
"There can be no justification for this outrageous amount of claims if best practice is applied and the department has robust documentation to resist spurious or false claims.
"£21m is a lot of money, more than enough to sort out the shortfall on the Narrow Water Bridge project, vital to catching up on road maintenance and enough to buy in excess of 100 new buses.
"I intend to take this issue up with the Audit Office because it is a burning issue which was investigated before by the Comptroller and Auditor General but clearly needs revisiting.
"The compensation gravy train running across various government departments is absorbing vital money which is badly needed not just for transport but for health and education in particular. It must be derailed."
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