The Queensland Government will soon have the power to cancel the registration of commercial vehicles that display offensive slogans – such as Wicked Campers.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said they’ll introduce the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill 2016 to parliament this week after long-standing community concern about inappropriate advertising on vehicles.
Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Government’s action was both firm and fair.
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“If the Advertising Standards Board determines that an ad on a Queensland registered vehicle needs to be removed or modified, the registration holder will have a chance to make those changes,” he said.
“If those changes aren’t made, the registration of the offending vehicle will be cancelled, simple as that.”
The RACQ is celebrating the government’s move, saying in a statement that this move will mean “despicable advertising by rogue Queensland company Wicked Campers will be forced off our roads”.
RACQ Spokeswoman Renee Smith said she was pleased that her organisation’s lobbying had paid off.
“For too long this problem had simply been allowed to languish while Wicked Campers thumbed their nose at the advertising code which had upheld many, many complaints against them to no avail,” she said.
“It’s excellent the Queensland Government is now acting to deregister the vans which refuse to remove offensive signage.
“From despicable slogans encouraging dangerous driving, including drug-driving and running down native animals, to pornographic depictions and derogatory statements about women, we don’t want to see it on Queensland roads any longer,” said Ms Smith.