Transport for London (TfL) prosecuted the telecommunications company Vodafone for failing to serve a required statutory streetworks notice for work carried out in Tooting Bec in January 2016. It also failed to pay a fixed penalty notice issued by TfL after the streetworks notice was not served.
Vodafone pleaded guilty to the offence before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29th June. It was fined £1,250 and ordered to pay £1,386.50 in prosecution costs.
This was TfL’s 100th prosecution of a utility company since 2010.
Vodafone was previously prosecuted for two similar offences on 28th January 2015 and ordered to pay a total of £3,424.50.
Garrett Emmerson, TfL's chief operating officer for surface transport, said: “This is the second time in 18 months Vodafone has been prosecuted for failing to provide required streetworks notices. Not providing these notices in a timely manner impacts on our ability to successfully coordinate street works. 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. We will continue to push for the toughest penalties possible for utility companies caught acting unlawfully and are pleased that Vodafone themselves have recognised the need to improve.”
Vodafone made a £1.4 billion operating profit last year.