Receiving a £3000 fine plus costs
Transport for London (TfL) has successfully prosecuted Virgin Media for five streetworks related offences across South London, including Wandsworth. The works took place in Wandsworth High Street, Stonecote Hill and Wickham Road between October and December 2017.
TfL points out that it must be notified of works being carried out on its road network, which includes London’s busiest ‘red route’ roads, so that disruption can be minimised and safety maintained. Virgin Media failed to provide details of the exact location, dimensions and other engineering information used in the works in Wandsworth, breaching Street Works Regulations and causing a significant impact on the road network.
TfL issued Virgin with fixed penalty notices, which Virgin failed to pay within the statutory time periods and resulted in a prosection from TfL. On 20 June, Virgin Media pleaded guilty to all five offences and were fined £3,000 and ordered to contribute £3,494 towards the legal costs incurred.
In sentencing, the Court remarked that, “These offences appear to occur quite regularly according to the records presented to me, which showed a total of 66 fixed penalty notices have been incurred in the last year alone. That to me is a pattern of carelessness towards your compliance obligations and not acceptable. Had the fixed penalty notice of only £120 been paid in each case, the Court’s time would not have been unduly taken dealing with these cases.”
Glynn Barton, TfL's Director of Network Management, said, "We work hard to keep London moving and, as part of that, we need the cooperation of utility companies. We have prosecuted Virgin Media 16 times for street works offences since 2010 and they still continue to breach the rules. We are working with Virgin Media and other utility companies to assist them with notification compliance and to ensure that roadworks are carried out properly, with minimal disruption to road users.”
June 22, 2018