Council to contact candidates over posters on road signs

Released: 03 February 2011

Kerry County Council is to contact candidates for the General Election, to ask them to remove any posters which may have been erected on Road Traffic signs.


It is permitted for candidates to erect Election Posters once an election is called. However, under Section 95 of the Road Traffic Act 1961, it is an offence to attach any sign or poster to any road traffic sign or pole.


Kerry County Council will be writing to all candidates reminding them to remove these posters. In addition, Kerry County Council roads staff are being instructed to remove posters attached to any road traffic signs. The owners of these posters may recover them on payment of the cost of their removal and storage. 


Traffic and road signs are specifically designed to be clearly read by passing motorists. However, elections posters attached to road signs can obstruct the sign, and can also visually clutter the sign, making it difficult to read.


In addition, Kerry County Council is advising against candidates hanging banners and posters from road overbridges and pedestrian bridges, as they could become loose or be interfered with by third parties and could fall onto fast moving traffic.


The Council is also asking candidates and their representatives to ensure that election posters are sited so they do not obstruct the view of traffic and pedestrians on public roads.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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