|BT Fined for Local Roadworks Offences
Caused disruption by delays on Gunnersbury Lane
Transport for London (TfL) has successfully prosecuted BT for a spate of recent roadwork offences including one relating to Gunnersbury Lane.
They included working without a permit, breach of permitting conditions and failure to correctly notify TfL promptly of works taking place.
BT pleaded guilty to six counts at Westminster Magistrate's Court on 18 January. They were prosecuted for infringements at various locations on TfL roads, fined a total of £3,765 and ordered to pay TfL's costs of £5,050. The court action is the latest in a number of court cases where TfL has prosecuted utility companies for badly managed roadworks.
More than £20,000 has been won in the last 12 months against utility companies for eight separate offences, with TfL recovering around £12,100 in costs from these.
Leon Daniels, Managing Director for Surface Transport said: 'Roadworks offences by any utility company cause significant disruption to all road users, as well as having a knock on effect to local businesses across London. Those companies should be aware that we will continue to prosecute where infringements occur; and we will continue to work to further reduce roadworks disruption across London, helping to make journeys for pedestrians, cyclists and road users smoother for all.'
Londoners can report disruptive or badly managed roadworks by visiting tfl.gov.uk/roadworks, or by using a GPS enabled mobile device to tweet @report_it with the hashtag #roadworks. Enquiries will be sent directly to the highway authority responsible, ensuring that direct and swift action can be taken
January 19, 2012