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Largest ever fine for streetworks offence

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Magistrates have handed a utility company the largest ever fine for a single streetworks offence.

London Power Networks was prosecuted for not ensuring roadworks cause the minimum disruption to road users, with Westminster Magistrates’ Court fining it a total of £24,000.

The offences included 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. The offences took place at Bressenden Place and Lower Grosvenor Place on 9 February.

The company was fined £10,000 for each offence of working without a permit, the highest level imposed in London to date for a single streetworks offence. For failing to serve statutory streetworks notices the company was fined £4,000. The overall fine was £24,000 and the company was also ordered to pay £3,722 in prosecution costs.

In passing sentence at the hearing on 7 September, 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.”

TfL’s chief operating officer for surface transport Garrett Emmerson added: “Not providing these notices impacts on our ability to successfully coordinate streetworks and we will continue to push for the toughest penalties possible for utility companies caught acting unlawfully.

“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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