RACQ calls for crackdown on ‘vile’ Wicked Campers
THE RACQ has called on the Queensland Government to crack down on the slogans on Wicked Campers vehicles as the vehicle hire company continues to ignore rulings against it.
RACQ Executive General Manager Advocacy, Paul Turner, said it was time for action on Wicked Campers, whose operators routinely ignored adverse decisions handed to them by the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) to absolutely no consequence.
"As advocates for more than 1.5 million Queenslanders and their families, we're saying very clearly to the State Government something needs to be done to hold this company, who are registered in Queensland, to account," Mr Turner said.
"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.
"There's no argument on free speech to be made here.
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"There is a reason you can't put messages like this on television or billboards, the same standard needs to be upheld in this case.
"This government has pledged to place worthy emphasis on issues of violence against women; accordingly, these misogynistic, sexually predatory driving-billboards which are in breach of the advertising code must no longer be ignored."
Mr Turner said rather than redundant crackdowns on ridesharing services, resources should be put into making Wicked Campers accountable for "vile advertising" which had been going unchecked.
"The ASB relies on companies to self-regulate when a complaint has been upheld against them," he said.
"Unfortunately the brazen attitude of Wicked Campers has been to ignore the many censures they've received, continuing to operate in breach.
"The State Government must work to close the loophole which has allowed them to brush standards of common decency aside.
"This company is registered in Queensland, it's our job to help clean up this mess."
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