Govt to remove illegal billboards along highways

10 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Govt to remove illegal billboards along highways

Suburban

Mutsawashe Mashandure

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has prohibited advertisements and billboards within the servitude of trunk roads under its purview.

In a statement, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development said they are obliged by Section 48 of the Roads Acts (Chapter 13:18) to regulate and restrict trade or any commercial activity along trunk roads.

“In light of the above, no person shall, without the written permission of the Department of Roads, carry on any trade or expose, offer, or manufacture for sale any goods on a road or in any area alongside a road within a distance of sixty metres from the boundary of a road or in any area within five hundred metres from any point of intersection without prior approval,” said.

Soon, the Ministry would be carrying out an audit and remove all the illegal billboards.

“The Ministry will undertake to carry out a thorough audit of all the said billboards with the view to declutter the road service spaces and remove all the illegal billboards for a safer and more trafficable road as the good outlook of the country’s urban centres,” it said in the statement.

The Ministry advised the public not to advertise on billboards along and within the service area of the trunk roads under its control.

“In view of the recent proliferation of billboards, the Ministry wishes to notify members of the public that, with immediate effect, it has suspended the processing of requests for the erection of billboards and the issuance of authority to advertise on billboards along and within the service areas of the trunk under its control.”

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