This is the pothole which damaged Perry Munro's vehicle to the tune of $1,500. (CBC)

An Annapolis Valley man is unhappy the province isn't picking up the tab for a $1,500 vehicle repair bill after his sport utility vehicle hit a nasty pothole.

Black River resident Perry Munro hit a pothole in May which knocked the two front wheels off his 16-year-old SUV.

"The guy who came to here to pick up my vehicle, he'd been here earlier to pick up a vehicle that broke its frame," said Munro.

He filed a claim with the province, but it was turned down.

The province works on what it calls a complaint basis, meaning that if you report the pothole before any damage occurs to your vehicle, you have a better chance of the province picking up the tab should that same pothole damage your vehicle later down the road.

Road sign

A road sign warning drivers of a rough section ahead is barely visible. (CBC)

"The more we know, the more that we have to do," said Ian Saunders with the provincial Department of Risk Management and Security Services.

A sign was erected in December reminding drivers to be careful, but it is mostly hidden because of shrubs. The sign protects the province against liability for damaged vehicles.

Munro says some people were so fed up with the poor state of the roads that they took matters into their own hands.

"Some of the ladies in the community....put gravel on the back of a truck and came out and filled those holes," he said.