The police advised the public that the “posting of banners along Bermuda’s road sides is an illegal practice that should stop immediately” and said that “promoters must take down the banners immediately.”
“It should be noted that anyone who contravenes the Advertisements Regulation Act 1911 is subject to a fine of $720 and in the case of a continuing offence a further fine of $144 for every day during which the offence continues,” the police said.
According to the police, some of the “offending locations” are T-Street junction with Middle Road, Parsons Road Playground, Shelly Bay Sports Field, Scaur Hill and Paget Stop Lights.
This follows after the Ministry of Public Works issued a statement earlier today to remind members of the public of some of the specifications of the Advertisements Regulation Act 1911 [PDF] which regulates the exhibition of outdoor signs and advertising in Bermuda.
The full statement from the police is below:
The Bermuda Police Service advises the public that the posting of banners along Bermuda’s road sides is an illegal practice that should stop immediately. Promoters must take down the banners immediately.
It should be noted that anyone who contravenes the Advertisements Regulation Act 1911 is subject to a fine of $720 and in the case of a continuing offence a further fine of $144 for every day during which the offence continues.
Some of the offending locations are listed below [there are more]
- T-Street junction with Middle Road
- Parsons Road Playground
- Shelly Bay Sports Field
- Scaur Hill
- Paget Stop Lights
Please see the highlighted legislation
Restriction of exhibition of advertisements
2 No person shall, except as otherwise provided by this Act, exhibit any advertisement, upon or over any land except—
- [a] advertisements upon any land relating solely to any entertainment, meeting, auction or sale to be held upon, or in relation to such land or to any property thereon; or
- [b] announcements of the sale or letting of such land; or
- [c] announcements or copies of any proclamation or official notice published by authority of the Governor, the Supreme Court, any Justice of the Peace, either branch of the Legislature, any Government Department, any Government Board, or any officer holding a commission in Her Majesty’s Forces; or
- [d] announcements or notices duly published by proper authority of any meeting of freeholders or others for any parliamentary, municipal or parochial election, or other purpose; or
- [e] advertisements or announcements upon any land, within either municipal area, being land duly licensed for the exhibition of advertisements by the respective municipal corporations :
- Provided that in all such excepted cases, the advertisements shall not contain letters, effigies, figures or other advertising emblems exceeding twelve inches in height; or
- [f] advertisements or announcements exhibited inside a display window of an agent’s business premises of any business, entertainment or occurrence in respect of which such agent acts; or
- [g] advertisements or announcements exhibited inside of any shop, store or place of business, other than any public vehicle or ferry boat; or
- [h] advertisements relating to the sale of land at auction or otherwise; or
- [i] advertisements relating to the arrival or departure of any ship belonging to or employed by any line or company the ships of which ordinarily ply between Bermuda and elsewhere; or
- [j] advertisements published in any book, newspaper, magazine, calendar or periodical; or
- [k] announcements, in letters not exceeding fifteen inches each in height or width, of the business name of the Title 20 Laws of Bermuda Item 9 1989 Revision 3
company, firm or person carrying on business on the premises and the general character of the business carried on therein.
Illuminated and other signs visible from street; sky- signs
3  No person shall—
- [a] erect upon, or fix to, or exhibit above, any land, any advertisement supported on or attached to, any post, pole, standard, framework or other support which, or any part of which, or the support of which, is visible against the sky from some point in any street or public way; or
- [b] use or exhibit any kite, balloon, parachute or other similar device, employed wholly or in part for the purpose of any advertisement or announcement, over any land or street; or
- [c] exhibit any flashing or illuminated sign which is visible to any person on any public street or public way.
 For the purposes of subsection [a], an advertisement, the uppermost part of which is no higher than the roof line of any building on the plot on which it is situate, shall not be deemed to contravene the provisions of that paragraph.
 For the purposes of subsection [c], an “illuminated sign” means a sign used or intended to be used for the purpose of advertising the lettering or design of which is illuminated from within the components constituting the lettering or design.