Election sign vehicle rule reversed

Tauranga City Council is doing an about u-turn on rules prohibiting council candidates to plaster their cars with electioneering more than four weeks before the election cut-off date.

Council decided at today’s Strategy and Policy Committee meeting to allow election signage on vehicles following criticism from candidates the rules were vague and should be amended.

TCC candidates Mike Baker and Gail McIntosh.

Tauranga City Council communications manager Frank Begley says the committee adopted an amendment to the policy that excludes election signs on vehicles from the four week election signs restriction period.

Under council bylaw candidates are prohibited from places election signs before September 14.

This law will no longer apply to election signs on vehicles, but Frank says these vehicles cannot be parked on the side of the road for the primary purpose of displaying an election sign. This is still an offence under the Traffic and Parking Bylaw.


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