Transport for London (TfL) has successfully prosecuted UK multiplay telco Virgin Media for five street works-related offences committed on the Transport for London Road Network. The works took place in Wandsworth High Street, Stonecote Hill and Wickham Road between October and December 2017.
TfL 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 work, breaching Street Works Regulations and causing a significant impact on the road network
Virgin Media pleaded guilty to all five offences and have been fined £3,000 and ordered to contribute £3,494 towards the legal costs incurred by TfL.
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.”