Your letters: Nip illegal ads issue in the bud

Your letters: Nip illegal ads issue in the bud
A traffic light in Tampines where illegal advertisements have been pasted on and torn off, leaving unsightly remnants that are also difficult to remove.

It is common to find illegal advertisements stuck on pillars, bus stops and lamp posts all over Singapore.

The repeated pasting and tearing off of these ads causes the paint to peel off, leaving an unsightly mess.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has started using non-stick paint on public infrastructure in some parts of Singapore, but in other areas, the pasting of illegal ads is rife.

The culprits are often unaware of the designated spots for such notices.

To nip the problem in the bud, I hope the LTA will use non-stick paint on public infrastructure islandwide.

Also, there should be signs informing the public that pasting of ads is illegal at certain places, and pointing out the designated places for such ads, such as noticeboards at bus interchanges and MRT stations.

I also urge residents to take ownership of public infrastructure by informing the culprits that it is an offence to paste ads indiscriminately.

This can be done in a non-confrontational way by sending SMSes to the numbers on these ads.

I have been doing this and most culprits are understanding and do remove their ads.

Edwin Lim Yee Phing

This article was first published on August 10, 2014.
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