The Scottish Highway Works Commissioner fined the three firms a complete of £ 18,000 for what was stated to be systematic non-compliance with their statutory obligations when laying cables and pipes on roads .
The shortcomings have been recognized by the annual efficiency monitoring undertaken by the Scottish Highway Works Commissioner. Annual efficiency monitoring measures all organizations endeavor roadworks in Scotland towards a set of efficiency indicators.
In November 2019, the commissioner, Angus Carmichael, wrote to 4 utility firms to tell him that he deliberate to penalize them for his or her poor efficiency. It gave firms the chance to submit feedback detailing all the mitigating components.
After reviewing their responses, the Commissioner imposed sanctions on three of the 4 firms. The penalty values are as follows:
Assist Level – £ 6,000;
GTC – £ 6,000;
Power – £ 6,000.
Carmichael stated: "Organizations empowered to put gadgets on Scotland's roads should adjust to the regulation. As funeral administrators, these firms have statutory rights which permit them to put, examine and keep their gadget on the roads. Nonetheless, these statutory rights are accompanied by obligations set out within the New Roads and Avenue Works Act 1991. Compliance with these obligations is crucial to guard the street community throughout Scotland.
"The features of the Scottish Highway Works Commissioner are to supervise the completion of street works in Scotland, to advertise compliance with the New Roads and Avenue Works Act 1991 and to advertise the pursuit of excellent observe. Penalized organizations have been warned that their efficiency has not been acceptable repeatedly previously three years and the most recent set of unsatisfactory numbers left me with no alternative however to impose a penalty monetary. "
He added that organizations working in Scotland should adjust to the related laws. Failure to take action is unacceptable and has a far-reaching impact all through Scotland, contributing to disruption and delays in addition to injury to the material of Scottish roads, he stated. “All the penalized organizations assured that the processes have been being modified to reveal early enchancment. My workplace will proceed to carefully monitor their efficiency. "