CWA drives wicked ban
MEMBERS of the Country Women’s Association of NSW are calling for derogatory slogans plastered across vehicles to be banned from the state’s road.
The CWA of NSW passed a motion at their State Conference earlier this month to make vehicles bearing racist, sexist and violent material illegal.
Delegates took particular issue with car rental company, Wicked Campers, which has previously come under fire for being rude and offensive.
In recent images posted to the company’s Instagram page, vans are covered in sexual and drug references.
CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope (pictured) said offensive messaging are “way out of step with community standards”.
“It’s time every state took a stand on these unacceptable slogans and organisations like ours supported the changes necessary to eliminate this kind of disrespect from our communities. When statements and slogans degrade people and cause an enormous amount of offence, then it’s time to act.”
Ms Stanhope also said slogans of this nature spark confronting questions from children.
“Anyone can see and read these slogans as the vehicles are right in front of people on the roads, parked in the street and beside families in the camp ground. Parents driving with children are confronted with questions about what the words and messages mean.”
Queensland, the ACT and Tasmania have already passed legislation which allows a vehicle to be deregistered if it breaches Advertising Standards.
The CWA of NSW hopes the NSW state government will follow suit and encouraged action at a federal level.
In response, a Transport for NSW spokesperson said: “There are no Wicked Campers registered in NSW.
“If necessary, and in the interests of consistency, the NSW government would consider adopting the approach recently introduced by the Queensland government to regulate these types of vehicles if they are ever registered in NSW.”
Wicked Campers has been contacted for comment.