THE Queensland Government has now officially outlawed Wicked campervans portraying sexist, obscene and other offensive slogans. The State Parliament has passed new regulations to rid the Sunshine State’s roads of the offensive vehicles. Other states have applauded the move and are considering similar action. The new laws will allow the Department of Transport and Main Roads to cancel a vehicle’s registration if the owners do not remove the offending slogans within 14 days of being advised to do so by the Advertising Standards Board. Some caravan parks in Queensland and the Blue Mountains Council in NSW have already banned offending campervans after complaints from families. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the government had acted on community concerns. “Many people across the community have been concerned for some time about the derogatory, sexist and outright offensive slogans and cartoons on the side of some commercial Queensland vehicles,” she said. The new laws are expected to be in force by the end of this month. In the latest hearing, the Advertising Standards Board has ruled that a Wicked campervan’s slogan proclaiming “If sex is a pain in the a… you are doing it wrong” used strong and obscene language which was inappropriate. A parent had contacted the board complaining: “I do not want my children reading such disgusting comments.”  

Article By Dennis Amor, Caravanning News