Fine for water company

PUBLISHED: 16:45 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

A WATER company has been slapped with the maximum possible fine under law. Three Valleys Water was charged a total of £9,130.30 including a fine of £5,000 at Central Herts Magistrates Court. The offence....

A WATER company has been slapped with the maximum possible fine under law.

Three Valleys Water was charged a total of £9,130.30 including a fine of £5,000 at Central Herts Magistrates' Court.

The offence, relating to signing and guarding - ensuring that drivers and pedestrians are not put at risk during works - was committed on the A414 at Hatfield, during repairs to a burst water main last June. Magistrates took the concerns of Hertfordshire Highways, about the lack of contract management shown by Three Valleys Water, extremely seriously.

On imposing the fine and the full costs of Hertfordshire Highways, chairman of magistrates, Mr Northrop, said: "We understand that the works of Three Valleys Water are carried out by contractors and sub-contractors.

"Whatever the specifics of the case, the consequence was a very serious infringement of the law which could have led to a serious accident.

"We take this matter very seriously.

"Three Valleys Water have a duty irrespective of contractors and sub-contractors and their primary duty is to ensure that all works take place in accordance with the law and ensuring the safety of the public."

Rob Smith, assistant director, Transport Management of Hertfordshire Highways, said: "We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this prosecution.

"It is vitally important that all utility companies are aware of the need to work within our very clear guidelines and laws when working on the highways. Clear signage, guarding and the reinstatement of highways is of paramount importance to protect public safety and the condition of the county's roads.


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