Vodafone fined heavily for two road works offences

Vodafone Ltd has received a significant fine after pleading guilty to a pair of road works offences which took place last year.

Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Vodafone Ltd as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe.

The case, heard at Weston-super-Mare Magistrates on Thursday 1 April, was:

A3259 Yallands Hill, Monkton Heathfield near Taunton.

Vodafone Ltd pleaded guilty to one offence contrary to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) under S65(4) (changed) For failing to ensure the street works were safely lighted and guarded with photographic evidence showed their subcontractors operatives were at real risk of injury or death.

Vodafone Ltd was fined £15,000 for the offence.

Vodafone also pleaded guilty to one offence contrary to Regulation 19 (1) of the Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007. Vodafone carried out street works without a valid permit and therefore the street authority was unable to coordinate the works to minimise disruption.

It was fined £10,000 for this offence and ordered to pay £1371.45 in costs, as well as a victim surcharge of £190.

Both offences took place on 14 December 2020.

Details of approved roadworks can be found on our searchable map at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/roadworks. If anyone is concerned about roadworks they can flag this up to the team by contacting @TravelSomerset on Twitter.

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