Telecoms giant fined for mismanaging streetworks for second time in four months

03 October 2016

Transport for London (TfL) has successfully prosecuted telecommunications company Vodafone for the second time this year as part of its commitment to ensure that road works cause as little disruption as possible to road users.

Vodafone's offences, which took place between February and March this year, include working without a permit in Borough High Street and failing to serve the required streetworks notices before starting work at St Thomas Street in Southwark, Loampit Vale in Lewisham and Bishopsgate in the City of London. Vodafone failed to pay the Fixed Penalty Notices issued by TfL in response to these offences.

Ahead of a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on 28 September, Vodafone pleaded guilty to the offences and the company was fined a total of £3,500 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £3,020.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL's Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, said: `These offences prevent us from coordinating streetworks effectively and we will continue to push for the toughest penalties possible against telecommunications and other companies caught acting unlawfully. We are committed to keeping London's roads as clear as possible to prevent unnecessary disruption to journeys and to help us tackle poor air quality.'

Since January 2015 TfL has prosecuted Vodafone on three occasions and issued the company with 78 Fixed Penalty Notices, 33 of which were within the last year.

In June Vodafone was prosecuted for failing to serve a required statutory Streetworks notice for work in Tooting Bec on 7 and 8 January 2016.

Including this latest offence, the company has been ordered to pay a total of £12,706 in fines for mismanaging streetworks since 2015.


Notes to Editor:

Company Number of prosecutions Percentage of total prosecutions

British Telecom

Thames Water 13 12%
Virgin Media
10 9%
9 8%
UK Power Networks/London Power Networks
9 8%
7 6%
National Grid Gas
5 5%
Cable & Wireless
3 3%
2 2%
McNicholas (on behalf of Virgin Media)
1 1%
1 1%