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Wicked Campers van rental company often uses offensive slogans on their vehicles.

Staff writers with AAPnews.com.au

CONTROVERSIAL company Wicked Campers has made itself another enemy.

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.

Wicked Campers is no stranger to controversy. The company has been hit with numerous petitions protesting against the crude slogans painted on the side of its vehicles, which are rented by tourists.

Earlier this month, a Byron Bay grandfather spray-painted over an offending van which carried the slogan “a blow job a day beats an apple”.

He wasn’t the first to paint over Wicked Campers’ vans — artist Stef Burgon previously replaced a slogan with “If ya wouldn’t say it to ya nan ... don’t write it on ya van”.

Two years ago, the company was forced to apologise to a Sydney mother when she started a popular petition after her child saw a van that had the slogan “In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once”.

At the time, Wicked promised to clean up its act and remove insensitive slogans from its fleet. But given the controversy that continues to dog the business, it looks like it failed to act.

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