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Banning Mobile Billboards a Tricky Proposition

An unhitched trailer with an ad | Photo via BanBillboardBlight
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Mobile billboards, whether the trucks with a sole purpose of parking an advertisement on a street or an unhitched trailed left on the side of the road, are a topic of exasperation to many around Los Angeles. So much so, the city is looking into the possibility of banning the tactic outright.

They are sources of blight, are a public safety concern and are cluttering up streets meant for parking by residents and business customers, explained Chris Olsen, Policy Director for Councilman Dennis Zine, at council transportation panel yesterday.

"This motion is intended to give us new tools," said Olsen, describing the current method of posting no unhitched trailer signs, which only pushes the problem to other neighborhoods, does nothing absolutely at all--that's because parking tickets can just be considered the cost of doing business by trailer owners--or is forcing advertising companies to leave trailers attached to vehicles, therefore making the advertisements legally "hitched."