For the upcoming General Election on 8th February 2020, Tipperary County Council wishes to advise that there is a protocol in place with respect to placement of posters along roads and streets in County Tipperary.
While the Council does not wish to unduly restrict the use of election posters, it must also be mindful of the safety of all road users - pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The following limitations will apply:
- Posters may only be erected for a certain specified time period before an election. This time period is either (a) 30 days before the poll date or (b) from the date the polling day order for the election has been made, whichever provides the shorter period of time.
- Posters must be removed within 7 days of polling day. These requirements for election posters are set out under section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 and the Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2009. Cable ties are considered to be part of the posters and must also be removed.
- No Signage is to be erected on a roundabout or within 50m of the entrance to a roundabout.
- No signage is to be erected on existing road signage poles
- No signage is to be erected where it blocks sightlines from entrances onto any road.
- No signage is to be erected on pedestrian safety barriers.
- Where Tipperary County Council deems a sign to be hazardous, a distraction to safe movement of road users, or in breach of the above rules, it may remove that sign for storage at the local depot where it can be collected within 1 week of removal
- Electronic Display Panels, also known as Variable Message Signs (VMS) or VMS display panels are not permitted to be used for any purpose connected with the General Election, as they are considered to be advertisement structures requiring an appropriate planning permission.
- Motorways/High Speed Dual Carriageways: Candidates and election workers are advised that, with the exception of emergency situations, it is illegal to stop on motorways for any purpose (including the erection of election material). Similarly for road safety and efficiency, the same applies in the case of dual carriageways.
- Bridges: There is an inherent risk in the practice of suspending/attaching banners and posters from/to road overbridges and pedestrian bridges.
- Election candidates should ensure that all campaign workers are made aware of the dangers of working at the road side and not to place themselves or others at risk when erecting posters. Such workers should take necessary safety precautions for both themselves and road users.