Bandit sign penalties could go up in Philly under proposed law

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Philadelphia wants to strengthen the penalty for posting illegal signs. 

“Bandit signs,” the illegal postings for everything from nightclubs to junk car-removal companies, are a visual scourge, said St. Martin Torrence of the Philadelphia Streets Department.

“The department of streets recommends the citizens not patronize any businesses that use bandit-sign advertising, and that citizens should promptly remove any signs that are located on utility poles or trees outside their residences or business,” he said.

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez said it’s a big problem in her district.

“I have a few nightclubs, and the signs are popping up all over the place,” she said.

City Council is considering a bill hiking the maximum fine from $75 to $2,000 per sign.

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