Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    End of the road for offensive and demeaning slogans on vehicles

    2/06/2021 12:00 PM
     
    • McGowan Government to introduce legislation to ban offensive slogans on vehicles
    • Legislation will allow vehicle licences to be cancelled or refused if slogans are not removed
    • Follows introduction of similar legislation in Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales and the ACT
    • More than 70 complaints upheld by Ad Standards Australia against Wicked Campers since 2008 

    The McGowan Government will introduce legislation to ban offensive, sexist and demeaning slogans from vehicles on WA roads.

     

    The proposed changes to the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012 will allow vehicle licences to be cancelled or refused if vehicles display offensive material.

     

    Similar legislation has been introduced across other States including Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

     

    Since 2008, more than 70 complaints against Wicked Campers have been upheld by Ad Standards Australia.

     

    The Transport Minister's Office and Women's Interests Minister's Office have both received numerous letters asking for Wicked Campers and their offensive slogans to be banned.

     

    Cabinet has approved the legislation to be drafted and this will be introduced to Parliament later this year.

     

    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

     

    "It's the end of the road for these tired, outdated, sexist and demeaning slogans on our vehicles.

     

    "I have driven behind these sorts of vehicles with my young children in the car and I have no words to describe to them what these horrible slogans mean.

     

    "While we haven't seen many of these vehicles on the road lately, we are drafting legislation that will allow us to cancel or refuse licences for vehicles with these sorts of slogans and images.

     

    "Everyone deserves to feel safe on our roads and I hope this new legislation will provide people with peace of mind." 

     

    Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:

     

    "The slogans that we see on spray-painted vans across Western Australia needlessly promote sexism, violence against women and discrimination.

     

    "They are highly visible and send the wrong message about appropriate attitudes towards women and others.

     

    "This legislation will force vehicle owners who display offensive slogans to clean up their act, and steer the conversation in a direction that is more in line with current community standards."

     

    Transport Minister's Office: 6552 5500

    Women's Interests Minister's Office: 6552 6600