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Flyers under windscreen wipers in Canberra

By ace2279 - 3 November 2011 11

Hi All

Quick question, is it illegal in the ACT to put advertising flyers under windscreen wipers? I received one the other day and I though it wasn’t allowed anymore? I know it’s illegal in NSW under littering laws.

Your thoughts?

What’s Your opinion?


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11 Responses to
Flyers under windscreen wipers in Canberra
pptvb 6:49 am 04 Nov 11

There were hundreds at Belconnen Mall yesterday. A company called 1300ECLEAN or something.

Walker 9:57 pm 03 Nov 11

I seem to recall a lot of “are you using only ten percent of your brain?” scientology leaflets, back in the day. Then it all stopped, around the time when… yeah, I guess it worked.

ace2279 5:47 pm 03 Nov 11

Thanks for the input and advice. The flyer distribution was in a designated car park for a federal government agency which requires swipe card access for cars but is accessible to the general public by foot. Does that make it a private car park like Thoroughbred Park?

In any case I wont be reporting it, I dont need the hassle right now – was looking for confirmation re the legality though.

frontrow 3:38 pm 03 Nov 11

If you are cynical you might describe it as an inneffective law that was passed in order to be seen to be doing something about the issue of the day.

If you are more generous, you might describe it as a law designed to influence community standards, rather than enforce them.

To get anything done, you will need evidence of the identify of the person who actually put the flyer on your windscreen. You will probably have to catch them in the act.

It isn’t an offence to have your company name printed on the flyer. This would be too easy to abuse.

ThisIsAName 2:10 pm 03 Nov 11

Report it to the City Rangers?
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/city_rangers/illegal_activities

“Pamphlets placed on windscreens are dealt with under the Litter Act by City Rangers or the Police.”

The bit about the police is a complete joke, they don’t touch bigger offences such as illegal dumping. The rangers may do something, although I’ve found their responses to problems can very inconsistent.

If you report it, do you mind posting back with their response? 🙂

Kramer 1:39 pm 03 Nov 11

If the car were parked on private property (Thoroughbred Park) then it is not illegal.

arb 1:31 pm 03 Nov 11

Bails said :

I wonder if the legislation applies to those “fliers” that the parking inspectors constantly leave under my windscreen wiper?

Try it, and report back with your findings 🙂

Bails 1:23 pm 03 Nov 11

arb said :

Name and shame

I’m not sure who was doing it, but I did notice fliers on the windscreens of cars parked at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday for the Melbourne Cup meeting.

I wonder if the legislation applies to those “fliers” that the parking inspectors constantly leave under my windscreen wiper?

arb 11:47 am 03 Nov 11

Name and shame

buzz819 11:41 am 03 Nov 11

Section 13, Littering Act 2004

Placing advertising leaflets on motor vehicles etc
(1) A person commits an offence if the person places any unsolicited
leaflet in or on a motor vehicle at a public place.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the leaflet—
(a) is placed in or on a motor vehicle in accordance with a
Territory law; or
(b) contains a message that is—
(i) of a personal nature; and
(ii) directed only to the owner, or the driver or rider, of the
motor vehicle.
(3) A person commits an offence if the person distributes, or
commissions, authorises or arranges for the distribution of, any
unsolicited leaflet for placement in or on a motor vehicle at a public
place.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
(4) Subsection (3) does not apply if the leaflet is placed in or on a motor
vehicle in accordance with a Territory law.

colourful sydney rac 11:07 am 03 Nov 11

yes, yes it is. Legislation was introduced by Michael Moore MLA back in the Carnell days.

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