Committee to consider banning mobile advertising trucks

A city council committee will decide Wednesday whether to ban mobile billboard vehicles in Chicago.

The ordinance, which was proposed at September's city council meeting, would slap a $5,000 fine on any vehicle primarily used for advertising purposes. It will be considered by the Committee on License and Consumer Protection, and must be approved by the full council before it goes into effect.

Alderman Bob Fioretti, D-2, who proposed the ordinance, says the vehicles pollute the environment, cause traffic congestion and distract drivers. The ordinance is also sponsored by Alderman Brendan Reilly, D-42, and Alderman Gene Schulter, D-47, who chairs the committee.

Consideration of the measure has been delayed until now because Alderman Fioretti's staff said they needed more time to gather resources and evidence. 

The committee meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday in room 201-A at city hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. 


MATT BARON, 10-28-2008

This is a ridiculous proposal. What next? Banning billboards because they can be a distraction? Pretty women? Another example of an overreaching government bureaucrat trying to make decisions for us.