Hull City Council is changing its 40mm mark for potholes to be officially classed as a hazard in need of filling.
Repairs will now be determined after a range of factors have been reviewed by council highways engineers.
The Hull Daily Mail reported Councillor Martin Mancey saying at a council meeting: “Officers are working on a new set of criteria that will determine how funding is allocated to pothole repairs.
“The 40mm rule is a very crude method because you shouldn’t really just judge whether a repair is necessary solely on the basis of how deep a pothole is.
“Under the new criteria, other factors will be taken into consideration, such as traffic levels, the number of pedestrians in an area and the condition of the surrounding road surface.
“What is needed is a proper risk analysis rather than just relying on measuring how deep one pothole might be.”
The authority is already carrying out more proactive repair work to larger sections of roads rather than reactive pothole filling.
Mancey said he expected the new criteria covering pothole repairs to be agreed and in place before Christmas.