An end appears to be in sight for the notorious backpacker camper vans which have built their business model around being offensive.
For years Wicked Campers have ignored complaints and rulings by the Advertising Standards Board, refusing to remove the slogans deemed vile and misogynistic.
Now both Queensland and Tasmanian Governments say they will introduce laws this year banning vehicles with offensive signage. The move is expected to take effect nation-wide.
In New Zealand, the worst of the Wicked Campers were taken off the road by the company in 2016 after the country’s Classification Office threatened fines of $200,000 per offence if vehicles deemed offensive were seen in public places.
“Our community was happy to drive them out… We want people to come and respect Byron Bay,” Byron Mayor Simon Richardson says.
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