QLD Plans To Deregister Wicked Campers’ Vans If They Breach Ad Standards

Ah, Wicked Campers. To some, they’re emblematic of the kind of #freezepeach that our nation should rigorously uphold; to others, they’re rolling billboards for bargain-basement smut. 

Queensland’s Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath
appears to believe the latter, and she’s taken particular umbrage with the aforementioned billboardiness of some camper vans. 
While the Advertising Standards Bureau semi-regularly field complaints about the company – most notably, one about a van bearing the sage advice “in every Princess there is a little slut who wants to try it just once” – their rulings currently bring scant few real-world repercussions. 

If D’Ath has her way, the state’s laws will be rejigged to allow deregistration of any vehicles found to carry lazily sexist, needlessly misogynistic and derogatory slogans.

In a statement, she wrote “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.”
Of course, such a move would affect any and all operators, not just the ones defended by senator David Leyonhjelm.

Wicked Campers hasn’t yet responded to the ABC about the push for tougher repercussions. Expect it to appear on a second-hand Hiace any moment now. 

Source: ABC.
Photo: Fiona Goodall / Getty.