CMC to move distracting digital advertisements

19 February 2019 10:41 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Digital advertisements in Colombo that cause distractions to motorists will be moved to alternative locations, Western Province Governor Azath Salley said yesterday.

The move comes amid reports that digital advertisements have caused more road accidents, and the Colombo Municipality has been directed to move such boards to reduce the rise in mishaps, Mr. Salley said.

“Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake ruled that advertising spaces in the city could not exceed 20 by10 feet. We request individuals and companies to follow this guideline,” he added.

Further, the Municipal Commissioner has been directed to remove unregulated signs promoting political campaigns.

Mr. Salley said that advertisements promoting political events should be removed immediately after the event. “Advertisements that are politically motivated should not remain after the event is over. They should be removed right after,” he said.

“We have already removed posters and boards without permits. There are 98 advertising spaces in the city, and not all of them have been legally put up,” CMC Commissioner V.K.A Anura said.

The Commissioner added that the Governor had directed them to remove unnecessary posters, especially near schools.

“We have been directed to ensure that posters are pasted only in designated areas and not haphazardly across the city,” he said. (Indika Sri Aravinda)

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  • SriLankan Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:07 AM

    Mr. Sally, if you check most of these large LED Billboards are sub contracted by 2 or 3 large advertising agencies. all or most of them are politically connected. you remove today... tomorrow it will pop up!!! Just look into the garbage matter than this...

    Coconut Republic Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:12 PM

    Yes.. Truly a destruction. Good move

    Mm Tuesday, 19 February 2019 04:46 PM

    Most of these boards have been through contracts obtained by advertising company’s buy payong CMC underhand

    Yehiya Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:47 AM

    Billboards are the less hazard for environment. But tenders must be transparent. He never been in overseas. City speed is below 30 mph.

    Nimal Writer Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:01 AM

    Digital advertising is extremely distracting for drivers in particular and some of them are so bright that it is difficult for the eyes. A very good move if it is actually implemented. We do not need giant TV screens on the roads.


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