More than £33,000 has been paid out by Kirklees Council in compensation to drivers whose cars have been damaged by potholes over the last three years.
But most drivers who try to claim don’t get anywhere.
New figures show the extent of the problems with the region’s roads - and how much it is costing taxpayers.
Last year alone, 135 drivers sought damages from the council, which paid out on 21 of the claims, totalling more than £8,500, an average of just over £400 per case.
The year before, 235 drivers sought compensation but there were only 24 successful claims, with the council paying out more than £5,000, and in 2012/13, 50 drivers successfully claimed compensation, out of 300 claims lodged, with the council paying out more than £20,000.
The figures come weeks after a survey showed one in 10 motorists think the condition of local roads is their top concern, and it emerged that Kirklees Council faces problems with a massive workload demand from dwindling funds.
There are more than 40,000 potholes reported every year to Kirklees officials and the repairs for those come out of a budget of just £650,000.
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The council also has to pay for repairs to thousands of drains and gullies, as well as more than 50,000 street lights.
The latest pothole compensation figures, from the RAC Foundation, show Kirklees ranks 53 out of 200 councils across the country, in terms of the number of claims brought by drivers.
Nationally, almost 29,000 drivers made claims against councils and between them, the 200 local highways authorities which responded to FOI requests by the RAC Foundation dealt with 28,971 compensation claims in 2014/15 - about one every 18 minutes day and night, 365 days a year. This compares with the previous financial year when drivers made 48,945 claims, or one every 11 minutes.
Councils refused the bulk of claims, agreeing to pay out in just 25% of cases, down from 26% in 2013/14.
The average settlement amount for a successful claim was up from £286 to £294, and the total value of successful claims was £2 million.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “One reading of these figures could be that local roads are in better condition than they were. But that does not square with councils’ own assessment that the road maintenance backlog is actually growing, not falling.
“It could instead be that many drivers are put off by the time involved in claiming against a council while councils themselves do their best to deter claimants coming forward.
“Better roads don’t just benefit car drivers. While potholes are an inconvenience for those on four wheels, they can be a matter of life or death for those on two.
“By his own calculations the Chancellor has put the cost of tackling the road maintenance backlog at £8.6 billion. This is a number that needs to be at the front of his mind when he concludes his spending review in November.”