Bandit sign penalties could go up in Philly under proposed law


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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