At the end of January 2015 Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) is undertaking a purge of unauthorised signs.
TfB has become increasingly aware of the number of rogue signs that have appeared around the county. These include advertising and promotion posters and business display signs. The items will have been attached to road signs, placed in verges or on street lights without the consent of the County Council, which is an offence under the Highways Act 1980.
TfB is entitled to remove such posters and signs which it is planning to do towards the end of January 2015.
Instead of issuing a fine TfB will hold the signs at their depot and make them available to their owners for a fee of £50 which will help cover the cost of its removal. If unclaimed by the end of February 2015 all remaining signs will be disposed of.
TfB are asking for the help of the public in identifying the nuisance signs which can distract drivers, cause obstructions in the road and even injury to the travelling public.
If you spot any sign, poster or obstruction in the road or footway, it can be reported to TfB online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/telltfb, through Twitter @tfbalerts or simply by call the TfB contact centre on 0845 230 2882 or 01296 382416 and let them know what you’ve spotted and the location of it.
Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Cabinet Member for Transport said: ‘Unauthorised signs can cause many problems to our residents and road users, and are a nuisance to us. We are taking this opportunity to make a concerted effort to get rid of all signs that do not relate to the highway and have not been authorised by us, so please keep an eye out, and report anything you see that you think may need to be removed.‘
Any poster or sign on the highway needs to be authorised by TfB. Their policy on posters can be found here: www.transportforbucks.net/Roads-highways-and-pavements/Fly-Posting.aspx.