Rubbish removal firms in Ealing have been fined hundreds of pounds each for leaving skips lying out in the road.
All three companies pleaded guilty to depositing a skip on the public highway without permission at Ealing Magistrates' Court.
Punjab Skips, of Western Road, Southall, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £250 court costs for leaving a builders' skip in Midhurst Road, West Ealing, following an investigation by Ealing Council. It had been convicted for the same offence in May.
New Bharat Skips, of Hounslow, was fined £350 and ordered to pay £536 costs for committing the same offence in Bournemead Close, Northolt. The court heard the company is expected to stop trading at the end of the month because of financial difficulties.
And Jawinder Dhalliwal of Top Skips, based in Cranford, was fined £350 and ordered to pay £300 costs for leaving a metal container outside a greengrocers in Oldfield Lane North, Greenford.
The trio were all handed the sentences on January 15.
Environmental services leader, Councillor Sue Emment, said: "The simple fact is skips need a licence if they're taking up space on a public highway.
"Our officers work hard to make sure these companies understand the law so there's no excuse to ignore it."
Visit www.ealing.gov.uk/services/environment/skip_licences/index.html to find out more about skip licences.