The Transport Department has directed Regional Transport Officers to take expeditious steps to remove advertisements put up on buses without proper approval, within two months from August 17. The directive comes in the wake of the judgment of the Madras High Court on August 6 on a writ petition filed by Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC). K. Kathirmathiyon, in his plea, had prayed for the removal of such advertisements as it endangered road safety by distracting the attention of motorists.
He pointed out that these advertisements had come in violation of relevant Motor Vehicle Rules and without proper permission from competent authorities. The State Transport Corporation, in its letter to Zonal Joint and Deputy Transport Commissioners, has asked them to ensure that the respective Road Transport Officers made arrangements to remove all illegal advertisements from the exteriors of private and public transport vehicles as stipulated in Rule 343 of the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 within two months. The same was communicated to RTOs in Coimbatore circle on Wednesday and vehicles carrying such advertisements were being identified now.