BT Fined Thousands for Unsafe Roadworks Offences Across Somerset
BT appeared in court last week and was handed down huge fines running into thousands of pounds for roadworks offences committed across Somerset.
This comes after the company was taken to court by Somerset County Council for breaching several safety laws while working on roads across the county.
Offences included closing a road without notice and failing to comply with safety measures.
They appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court on October 9 and pleaded guilty to several charges.
The three cases involving BT were at:–
Hartrow Cross, Bishops Lydeard
- BT installed two telegraph poles without a valid street works notice and was fined £1,600.
- BT failed to co-operate with the highways authority during April 2019 it was fined £7,500.
The council says these offences meant it was unable to co-ordinate the works or attempt to minimise any impact on the road network.
Oake Road, Bradford on Tone
- BT installed temporary traffic signals which did not comply with safety legislation. This posed a safety risk to both the travelling public and the site workforce. BT was fined £10,500.
Silver Street, Curry Mallet
- BT closed the road without notice, despite knowing that a road closure was required seven days before. It also failed to co-operate with Somerset County Council, meaning the highways authority could not co-ordinate the works or attempt to minimise disruption. It was fined £2,500.
In addition to the fines, a victim surcharge of £170 was applied to all three cases and BT was made to pay £3,352.50 in costs.
In a statement issued by Somerset County Council they said that the Local Authority owes it to residents and road users to take action when it is justified. These offences will have caused unnecessary disruption to the public or put safety at risk. This is not acceptable and we hope these prosecutions will send a clear message to other parties who work on the highway.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer