Wicked Campervans: NSW Councils Move to Ban Offensive Vehicles

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Vehicles painted with offensive slogans, such as the notorious Wicked campervans, could be banned from some areas along the North Coast.

Earlier this month, Byron Shire councillors heard from a local grandfather who spray-painted over a slogan that was describing a sexual act.

Councillor Duncan Dey has now lodged a motion calling for signs erected at the entry points to Byron Bay telling the drivers of Wicked vans they were not welcome.

He said vans with offensive slogans could also be banned from council-owned caravan parks.

“The motion has been looked at by council staff,” Mr Dey said.

“What they’re saying is that enforcement on offensive language is not something that a council can do.

“But any landowner can do it and so council could do it in relation to those vans trying to enter onto council property like a caravan park.”

Byron Shire Council may also call on the Federal Government to legislate against offensive slogans.

Sexism should be dealt with the same as racial discrimination

Council staff recommended local delegates take a motion on the issue to June’s national conference of the Australian Local Government Association.

Mr Dey said sexism should be dealt with in the same way as racial discrimination.

“Legislation making it unlawful for a person to engage in offensive behaviour based on another person’s gender identity, sexual orientation or related grounds, that would wrap up the notion that you could write anything like that on a van because it would be illegal,” he said.

The Ballina Council is also due to discuss the controversy surrounding Wicked vans this week.

Deputy Mayor Robyn Hordern will table a motion calling on the NSW Government to take action against vehicles with offensive slogans.

“We have no control over the state roads so therefore it will actually be a letter to the minister to encourage him to make changes in NSW,” she said.

“I want it to be clear that I see these messages as being coarse, disgusting, and simply quite offensive.

“They’re not appropriate to have parading up and down our highways.”

Source: ABC

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