TfL fines Vodafone for mismanaging streetworks noticing
Transport for London (TfL) has prosecuted Vodafone for the ninth time in two years for failing to provide statutory notices at the start and end of its streetworks.
In court on Wednesday 18 January, Vodafone was ordered to pay fines for failing to serve the required streetworks notices at the start and end of its work in Archway Road on 22 May last year. The telecommunications giant was ordered to pay more than £6,000.
In passing sentence the lead Judge commented: “I have taken into account TfL’s submissions and reasons for prosecuting these offences and also mitigation provided by Vodafone. I also considered that Vodafone was only recently prosecuted by TfL for various other offences and it is for that reason that we feel compelled to impose a fine, which we feel should send a strong message to Vodafone that lessons should be learnt and to take their responsibilities more seriously.”
TfL said the fines form part of its commitment to ensuring road works cause as little disruption as possible to road users.
Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s chief operating officer for Surface Transport, said: “These offences prevent us from coordinating streetworks effectively and we will continue to push for the toughest penalties possible against companies caught acting unlawfully. We are committed to keeping London’s roads as clear as possible to prevent unnecessary disruption to journeys and to help us tackle congestion and poor air quality.”
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