Registration bans on cards for offensive vehicles

Australian Greens

Vehicles bearing indecent, insulting or offensive words or images may have their registration refused, cancelled or suspended in the ACT if the responsible person does not take action to remove the words or images.

Amongst other vehicles this regulation could apply to ‘Wicked Campers’.

In February 2017, the ACT Government announced that vehicles bearing offensive slogans de-registered in other states will not be eligible for registration in the ACT.

The ACT Government has now further stepped up its efforts to ensure that vehicles bearing offensive language or images will not remain or be able to be registered in the ACT and is committed to a national approach to ensure that these vehicles will find no ‘safe haven’ in any jurisdiction.

Examples of words or images that the new laws apply to are those that are morally unacceptable, sexual material that is used in an exploitative or degrading manner, or negative words or images about any religion, race or culture.

“The ACT Government is committed to ensuring all people are depicted in a respectful, empowering and dignified way, including people of different cultures, ages, genders and abilities,” Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said today.

“We have seen some extremely offensive slogans and images portrayed on vehicles in other States, and we want to ensure that these will have no place on ACT roads.”

Canberrans can report vehicles displaying offensive, insulting or indecent words or images to Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or via the Access Canberra website.

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