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Queensland govt plans to ban vulgar car slogans

AAPAAP 22/07/2016

Queensland govt plans to ban vulgar car slogans © Ten News Queensland govt plans to ban vulgar car slogans Wicked Camper vans and other vehicles with offensive slogans may be taken off Queensland's roads unless the crass and vulgar messages are removed.

Queensland's government plans to get sexist, misogynistic and other inappropriate messages off the road following talks between Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath, the transport department and Advertising Standards Bureau.

"Under the new arrangements, commercial vehicle registration holders who fail to comply with determinations by the Advertising Standards Bureau will face the prospect of having the registration of offending vehicles cancelled," Mrs D'Ath said.

Ms D'Ath hopes laws enforcing the deregistrations will be put before parliament by the end of the year.

The announcement comes two months after peak motoring body RACQ begun a campaign for their "vile and offensive" signs to be removed.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk swiftly urged people to boycott Wicked Campers until the derogatory slogans were taken off the company's campervan fleet.

Ms D'Ath said vulgar, crass and offensive slogans had been the subject of frequent complaints to the Advertising Standards Board.

"The typical response from the holders of those commercial vehicle registrations has been deafening silence," she said.

"Now, if they refuse to remove the offensive slogans, their vehicles will be off the road."

The RACQ welcomed the move to "clean up bad rubbish" on Thursday after the company has treated complaints with contempt by reacting with more offensive signs.

"It's been a long time to get here but we're very glad," said RACQ executive general manager advocacy Paul Turner.

"Wicked Campers are a stain on the tourism industry and or our state."

Mr Turner also pushed for national legislation to prevent the company from moving across the Queensland-NSW border.

The Australian Christian Lobby praised both sides of politics, after the previous LNP government initiated an inquiry into sexually explicit advertising, and labelled the Labor government's warning a strong first step.

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