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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 April, 2005, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
MP targets 'dangerous' hoardings
A Merseyside MP is calling for the government to scrap all unauthorised motorway billboards.

Wirral south MP Ben Chapman, claims that billboards are a distraction that could endanger the safety of drivers.

The MP argues that the makeshift hoardings - such as those between junctions 18 and 19 of the M6 at Knutsford - are a hazard.

He says that the size and boldness of these billboards could distract drivers and cause accidents.

Mr Chapman wants action taken against large hoardings - usually lorries, buses and other large vehicles - that have been painted or covered in posters and left to act as an advertisement.

He says they do not appear to be regulated and should be assessed by police.

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