Wicked Campers. Photo: Contributed.
Wicked Campers. Photo: Contributed. Contributed

Govt moves to get Wicked campers off QLD roads

THE QUEENSLAND Government is making moves to get all Wicked Camper vans displaying offensive slogans off the state's roads. 

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the move would mean vehicles which have pictures or messages on them that breach advertising standards would lose their registration. 

"Under the new arrangements, commercial vehicle registration holders who fail to comply with determinations by the Advertising Standards Bureau will face the prospect of having the registration of offending vehicles cancelled," Ms D'Ath said .

"I understand clearly the level of community concern about the vulgar, crass and offensive slogans that have been displayed on some commercial vehicles in Queensland and other parts of Australia.

"They have been the subject of frequent complaints to the Advertising Standards Board.

"When the ASB has deemed those slogans to be offensive, the typical response from the holders of those commercial vehicle registrations has been deafening silence.

"Now, if they refuse to remove the offensive slogans, their vehicles will be off the road."

What do you think of the slogans on Wicked Campers?

This poll ended on 21 September 2016.

Current Results

They're hilarious

15%

Some are funny

6%

Majority are okay it's just a few that are off

25%

They are all totally inappropriate

53%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The Attorney-General said targeting the issue through commercial vehicle registrations provided an innovative solution to what has been a difficult problem for governments in Australia and overseas.

"The owners of these vehicles are in business, and some may see the offence and outrage they cause as a form of free publicity," she said.

"Now, they have a strong financial incentive to comply with the ASB, because if they don't, their vehicles will be unregistered, off the road, and unable to generate revenue.

"Should they attempt to relocate their businesses interstate, I would encourage other jurisdictions to consider similar laws so that these offensive slogans cannot continue to be displayed.

"This is a solution that imposes minimal additional regulatory burden.

"I believe this is the first time any government in Australia has taken action of this kind, and I want to thank Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey and his Department as well as ASB CEO Fiona Jolly and the Advertising Standards Board for their co-operation and diligence in enabling us to arrive at this solution.

"I would also like to thank members of the community, community organisations and my parliamentary colleagues, who have all voiced their concerns over this issue."

Wicked Campers has been contacted for comment. 

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