Roads report author Robert Black was pothole victim

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Recent wintry weather contributed to Scotland's pothole problem

The man behind a report which put the bill to fix Scotland's roads at £2.25bn has revealed he was the victim of a pothole.

Auditor General Robert Black told MSPs how hitting one put his car off the road for two days.

The public spending watchdog's recent report said more than a third of Scotland's roads were in an unacceptable condition.

The severe winter weather has seen the number of potholes increase.

Giving evidence to Holyrood's public committee on the report, Mr Black joked: "The only interest I have to declare is that I own a car.

"It was off the road for 48-hours because of an unforeseen pothole."

The auditor general added: "I sometimes think that if we want to get media headlines, then we just publish a report on potholes."

The report concluded the condition of roads was worsening, leaving the public "increasingly dissatisfied".

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