Published on May 21, 2018
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New rules for parked trailer advertisements and signage
Illegal signs could mean big fines in NSW. There are new rules in place for parked trailer advertisements and signage to improve road safety and reduce driver distraction.
In late 2017 policy amendments were made to improve road safety and reduce driver distraction through the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 64 – Advertising and Signage (Amendment No 3) and updated Transport Corridor Outdoor Advertising and Signage Guidelines (November 2017).
In layman’s terms, the changes have the effect of:
- Banning advertisements on parked trailers on roads, road shoulders, footpaths and nature strips, excluding advertising associated with the primary use of the trailer, e.g. tradies trailer, and public authorities;
- Requiring consent for displaying signage on trailers parked on private land in view from roads, road shoulders, footpaths and nature strips;
- Allowing advertising in transport corridors permissible with consent from the Planning Minister or delegate, across NSW.
The change to ban trailer advertising came into effect on 1 March 2018. Individuals failing to comply can be fined $1500 and businesses doing the wrong thing could attract a $3000 fine.
The updates apply to all advertising signage that can be seen from a public place or public reserve, except signage that is exempt development. The change does not apply to vehicles such as cars, utes or trucks with advertising, or where the trailer is primarily used as a trailer e.g. for a trade or transport of goods.
The amendments requires development consent for the display of signage on a trailer where displayed on private land that is visible from a road or road-related area. Individuals failing to comply can be fined $1500 and businesses doing the wrong thing could attract a $3000 fine.
The new penalty notice offenses have been introduced through the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation (Penalty Notices for Parked Trailer Advertisements) Regulation 2017.
For more information phone 1300 305 695 or visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Advertising-and-Signage-SEPP.
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