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Traffic congestion within the limits of our country’s infrastructure has over the years developed into an imminent cause of concern for all, with direct effect on business. GRTU has first and foremost welcomed the fact that, following continuous pressure by its Transport Lobby Group, the issue has been raised on the national agenda by both Government and Opposition.

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The new Billboards and Advertisements Regulations, 2016 came into force on 29th March 2016. The law brought together two older laws, one related to Billboards and the other related to any other Advertisement into one law and also introduced a number of significant changes.

The law regulates any kind of advertisement that can be seen from the road, including a shop sign, additional adverts both related to goods and services sold by an establishment and commercial adverts of third parties placed on the roads, including billboards.
1. One size fits all
 
The law that may have had scope to perhaps orderly organise the billboards that we see scattered around our roads has stretched to cover any form of advertisement. Advertisement is defined as any word, letter, model, sign, 

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GRTU’s incessant work on LN103/2016 has led to a six-week consultation period which shall be putting forward constructive proposals as to how the advertising, signage and billboard sectors ought to be regulated in a fair and logical manner which makes sense for the regulator but which is practical on the ground.

Members from the signage and sign-writing sector within GRTU have been actively meeting throughout these weeks to tackle the core issues of the law and propose a system which would regulate efficiently and effectively

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GRTU has been informed that a new scheme that will part finance the setting up of a e-commerce websites by companies will be launched shortly.

A significant pot of money will be available that will open up a healthy amount of opportunities both for those seeking to set up their website or include an e-commerce facility in their existing one, as well as those that provide the web development service.
 

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