FRUSTRATED motorists are irked with the growing number of illegal signboards and buntings in Kuantan, especially in residential areas along Jalan Teluk Chempedak.
Besides being an eyesore, the advertisement signboards are mounted haphazardly, obstructing the view of motorists, especially at junctions and main roads.
S. Vadiveloo, 67, said most of the signboards promoting businesses were placed at unsuitable locations, including near street signs, which could cause confusion and lead to reckless driving.
He said most of the signboards and banners offer transportation, accommodation and electrical services, and the owners did not get permission from the local municipal council before putting them up.
“Sometimes, the local municipal council will send their personnel to remove the signboards and banners. The owners should be penalised for their action.
“They will return to put up news signboards.
“The signboards block the view of motorists, especially elderly drivers and could cause accidents.
“We understand that everyone is keen to promote his business, but it has to be done through proper channels and not put lives in danger.”
Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) public relations officer Izad Zainal Muhammad Safian said the council would not compromise on those who failed to adhere to the rules and would continue to conduct special operations to remove the illegal signboards.
He said those who wanted to put up signboards should obtain a special licence from MPK.
“We will advise them on the size and location. We do not want the signboards to pose a threat to road users.
“During our recent operation, MPK removed nearly 150 advertisement signboards, which were illegally put up along Jalan Kuantan-Gambang.
“Some were too close to the road shoulder, while others were constructed with iron poles forcing us to use an iron cutter to remove them.”
He said MPK would continue to conduct operations in other areas, including housing settlements, to tear down illegal banners, posters and signboards.
Izad said MPK would identify a centralised location in town for those who were interested to put up banners advertising their business.