(CMR) In response to numerous concerns about political signage being erected in the lead-up to the 2021 General Election, the National Roads Authority, the Planning Department, and the Elections Office are reminding candidates and their supporters that there are safety measures they must follow.
While planning permission is not required for the placement of signage, and there are no limitations regarding size, approval must be sought from the landowner before any signs are placed.
The placement of signage must not create an obstruction or impede the sightlines of motorists on road bends and at intersections.
“I’m sure every political hopeful would wish to promote road safety throughout the community. We are asking that they do their part by ensuring political signage is properly positioned,” said the Managing Director of the National Roads Authority, Edward Howard.
No political signage is permitted on roundabouts as they obstruct driver sightlines, are an added distraction, and may disrupt buried utilities, including water pipes or electrical cables.
The use of LED lights on signs is discouraged due to the potential for its glare to distract drivers at night.
Reports have also been received of political signs being damaged. Damaging private property is an offense and should be reported to RCIPS for investigation.
Signage, including related framing, must be removed before Election Day on Wednesday, 14 April 2021, as per the Elections Act.