Trading Standards crackdown on illegal placards

Trading Standards have investigated 35 offending businesses and sent them warning letters concerning advertising without permission using Birmingham’s street furniture. Such furniture includes, benches, lampposts and bus stops. 

The crackdown began in July and is part of an ongoing campaign to provide cleaner and greener streets in Birmingham. Offenders may be prosecuted if they do not heed the warnings and remove the illegal placards. It has been confirmed that there will be no second chances.

John O’Shea, the cabinet member for street scene and parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “Placarding is a plague upon our communities here in Birmingham and causes damage to street furniture”. He further stated: “It is also littering our street scene and is providing those that do it with an unfair advantage over those who pay to advertise their products and services lawfully”.

Should you have any questions about your legal obligations in relation to Trading Standards matters and need a specialist Regulatory Solicitor, call James Lowe, our Regulatory Partner on 07833 240 400 for advice and assistance.