Bahrain to ban promotional flyers on vehicles
Manama, July 20, 2014
A ban on placing promotional leaflets on people's car windscreens could be introduced across a large swathe of Bahrain.
The proposal is being considered in the Central Governorate, which includes major urban centres such as Isa Town, A'ali, Riffa and Sitra, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It follows several complaints to the Central Municipal Council from motorists tired of finding flyers stuck under their windscreen wipers.
Council financial, administrative and legislative committee chairman Ghazi Al Hamer said most people simply throw the leaflets on the street without even reading them.
"Expatriates put the leaflets on cars, but drivers remove them and throw them away as the person who left it watches in silence without bothering to take them again, as if they want to get rid of them," he said.
"Others drive around with them on their windscreens for the day and only a few bother to read before throwing them on the ground."
Central Municipality director-general Dr Mohammed Hassan said he supported a ban, but the council should come up with the details.
"Would the municipality act against the leaflets, as if someone was littering, or against the content itself because if it is the content, then it is an issue with the Information Affairs Authority," he said.
"There are a number of leaflets left by religious groups to promote Islamic events or values, which are not considered as commercial leaflets so we can't remove them or take action against those who leave them.
"We can take action against advertising leaflets by having them cleared up and with the help of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority catch expatriates who violate the ban."
He suggested the council should draw up a list of acceptable and unacceptable flyers.
"We need specific instructions and the council has to come up with lists," he said. - TradeArabia News Service