Senior Labour MP calls for clampdown on fly-posting

A senior Labour MP has called for tougher penalties for companies which use illegal fly-posting to advertise their goods and services.

A senior Labour MP has called for tougher penalties for companies

which use illegal fly-posting to advertise their goods and services.



David Hinchliffe, the chairman of the Commons select committee on

health, also wants the Government to introduce a more effective policing

system so that local authorities can crack down on fly-posting.



Hinchliffe tabled a Commons question on the issue after a company called

Direct Beds swamped parts of his Wakefield constituency in Yorkshire

with posters.



The MP said: ’The present system is very bureaucratic and it is not easy

for councils to act. It should be simplified and the penalties should be

much greater.’



Although advertisers could be fined up to pounds 1,000, with daily

penalties of pounds 100 for continuing offences, Hinchliffe said it was

often ’worth their while’ to be fined as this bought ’free publicity’.

He is worried companies can escape prosecution if posters on walls and

bus shelters carry no identifying imprint.



But Nick Raynsford, the planning minister, said companies who received

publicity from ads displayed without the consent of the owner of the

land or premises could be prosecuted, unless the advertisers could prove

the ads were put up without their knowledge or consent.



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