The legislation governing placement of posters at election time is The Litter Pollution Act 1997 as amended by the Electoral (Amendment)(No.2) Act 2009. The legislation provides that erection of posters is only permitted from the date the order is made by the Minister appointing the polling day or 30 days prior to the date of the poll, whichever is the shorter period. Thereafter posters must be removed within 7 days of the polling day.
The order for the Local and European Elections was made on the 25th March 2019. As a result the shorter period will apply which is 30 days prior to the date of the poll. Therefore postering will be permitted from Wed 24th April 2019 until midnight on the 31st May 2019. If posters are in place outside of these dates, fines will be issued by the City Council at the rate of €150 per poster.
It has been our experience in previous elections that numerous complaints have been received from motorists and pedestrians in relation to safety issues associated with election posters. Our own staff have also raised a number of concerns.
The main issues relate to the following:
- Posters that are obscuring the visibility of traffic/pedestrian signals and traffic signs. Many of the problems are caused by posters that are erected on poles adjacent to signals or signs
- Posters that are below head height or resting on the ground. These posters can cause obstructions on footpaths and are particularly hazardous to the visually impaired
- Protruding cable ties that are at a level that could cause injury to pedestrians, particularly children
Where Tipperary County Council staff become aware of posters that are considered to be causing a hazard they will be removed and disposed.
Please note that our Customer Services Centre will handle complaints of any posters that are deemed to be causing a hazard to motorists or pedestrians and they are contactable on telephone number: 0761 06 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following guidelines may be helpful in ensuring that posters are not a hazard to the public:
- 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 one 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 election/referendum, as they are considered to be advertisement structures requiring an appropriate planning permission
Link to: Protocol posters 2019