Royal Mail Fined Thousands for Unsafe Roadworks Offences across Somerset
Royal Mail 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 two cases involving Royal Mail were at:-
Gulway Mead, Tatworth
- Royal Mail incorrectly installed traffic management systems in breach of the safety code of practice and was fined £4,000.
- Royal Mail failed to use its best endeavors to co-operate with the highways authority due to incorrect noticing of street works and was fined £4,000.
Holloway Road, Lopen
- Royal Mail incorrectly installed traffic management systems in breach of safety provisions and was fined £4,000.
- Royal Mail failed to comply with a direction by SCC highways authority on safety measures and was fined £6,000.
- Royal Mail failed to use its best endeavors to co-operate with the highways authority and was fined £4,000.
In addition to the fines, a victim surcharge of £170 was applied to both cases and Royal Mail was made to pay £2,509.17 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