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Utility firm receives largest ever fine for streetworks offence

TfL has fined energy company London Power Networks £24,000 for failing to serve required notices before works. 

London traffic

The TfL fine is the largest ever to London Power Networks is the largest ever for a single offence

The fine is the largest imposed to date for a single streetworks offence and forms part of TfL’s commitment to ensure roadworks cause the minimum disruption as possible to road users.

London Power Networks’ offences include two counts of carrying out work without a permit and a further two counts of failing to serve the required statutory streetworks notices before beginning work and related to undertaken in Bressenden Place and Lower Grosvenor Place on 9 February.

In passing sentence, the Judge said: “I have seen a number of these cases and I remain unclear why large organisations such as London Power Networks continue to undermine regulations put in place to reduce inconvenience to road users when conducting streetworks. There is no acceptable excuse in my view and I hope the sentence passed today reflects that.”

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s chief operating officer for surface transport, said: “We are committed to keeping London’s roads as clear as possible preventing unnecessary traffic build up, which disrupts people’s daily commute and worsens air quality.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.