BT dial up 70k bill for illegal work in Herts
PUBLISHED: 16:16 20 November 2012
COMMUNICATIONS giant BT has been slapped with costs and fines totalling nearly £70,000 after it carried out work in front of a WGC fire station and failed to protect the public.
The firm was prosecuted by Herts County Council, and pleaded guilty to a raft of breaches.
Its misdeeds in WGC are in relation to work in Bridge Road East in February, where no signage or guarding was provided around the works whatsoever and works took place directly in front of the fire station.
Councillor Stuart Pile, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Road and street works are unavoidable and there are a vast number carried out in Hertfordshire throughout the year.
“As highway authority we expect utility companies to cooperate with us and the law to minimise disruption and ensure the safety of road users and residents.
“It is hoped that this case will serve notice on utilities companies that we will take enforcement action and prosecute when necessary to ensure compliance.”
The hearing happened at Watford Magistrates Court last Tuesday, when the firm admitted breaching the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) and offences under the Highways Act 1980.
It had previously pleaded guilty to 12 breaches of the NRSWA.
BT said it would strive to follow the letter of the law in future when working in Herts.
A spokesman said: “Openreach takes any infringement very seriously; we are increasing our efforts, in collaboration with our contractors, to ensure that work undertaken on our behalf meets or exceeds the necessary standards in the future.”