Councillor Don Stockton, from Cheshire East Council said: “Incidents can happen at any time of the day or night and, if the driver suspects they have not been spotted and if the police are not involved, they can be tempted to drive off. Repairing road signs, bridges, bollards and lighting columns across the borough places a significant cost on the highways budget. We also have to repair road surfaces following spillages of oil or contaminated waste and remove or replace damaged trees. We are no different to any other highways authority faced with trying to reclaim the costs of damaged assets. However, we believe with social media and our policy of involving stakeholders and partners when incidents have occurred, we have brought about a rise in recovering costs, either directly from the person responsible or through their insurance company.”

The council’s ‘green claims team’ will be responsible for pursuing claims. They can be contacted via Twitter @CEChighways or by phoning 0300 123 5020. To report a highways issue in Cheshire East please visit: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx