Wicked Campers could be banned in Byron Bay

Wicked Campers have been banned from several camping grounds in New Zealand. Photo / Supplied
Wicked Campers have been banned from several camping grounds in New Zealand. Photo / Supplied

Offensive slogans printed on campervans including the Wicked Campers fleet could be banned from parts of northern NSW.

A motion to wipe the "usually sexist" slogans off the vans, or to ban the vans from using council caravan parks, has been lodged by Byron Bay Shire councillor Duncan Dey and supported by Ballina Shire councillor Robyn Hordern.

"Councillors will have seen the Wicked slogans over the years. We were relieved at one stage by many of the vans being taken off the road when found unroadworthy. They seem to have then returned, with the slogans even more offensive than before," Mr Dey said in a motion lodged ahead of a council meeting on Thursday.

Splendour in the Grass, one of Australia's biggest music festivals, has also taken a stand against the company.

On the festival's website a statement read, ""if you're booking a campervan, please steer clear of sexist slogans! You know who you are.

It's 2016, get with the program!!"

Wicked Campers, which started in Australia, has also caused controversy in New Zealand, with the popular Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp in Nelson Bays banning its vans.

Queenstown's council has promised to issue $300 fines to the company when their vehicles displaying offensive slogans are seen in the town.

Petrol company Z Energy also received suggestions that "as a community-focused Kiwi company" it should refuse to fill up the vans because of the slogans.

Wicked Campers has also been dumped from the Department of Conservation's tourist information listing for those wanting to hire campervans, as well as the Lonely Planet Guide.

Three Government ministers - Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett, Minister for Women Louise Upston and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry - have also joined forces to find ways to stop Wicked Campers from parading offensive slogans.

Attempts to discuss the issues with Wicked Campers owner John Webb, the Queensland mechanic who started the company over a decade ago, have failed.

- AAP, nzherald.co.nz

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