Brisbane City Council has terminated its relationship with controversial van hire company Wicked Campers.
The Council recently contracted Wicked Campers to “jazz up” Brisbane buses in a bid to boost public transport use by young people.
The first of the new BCC Wicked Campers buses – spray painted with the slogan “I love picking up old ladies” – hit the streets of Brisbane last month.
But after nearly 120,000 people signed an online petition complaining about offensive Wicked Campers slogans, the Council has backed out of its deal with the company.
“It’s a bummer,” said Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
“People scrawl all over the inside of our buses so we thought it would be pretty rad if Wicked Campers scrawled all over the outside of them too.”
The Lord Mayor said bus patronage was already up 150% due to the “way cool bus fleet”.
“Maybe some Wicked Campers slogans are offensive,” said Mr Quirk, “but so is young people’s aversion to public transport.”
“I think it’s a real shame our buses will be empty again just because 120,000 people sitting at their computers signed some petition.”
Wicked Campers buses latest Council mistake
The Wicked Campers controversy is the latest publicity blow for the Brisbane City Council.
Last week the Lord Mayor was forced to concede that the Council’s multi-million Rolf Harris art collection was “probably worth f*** all now”.
The Council also attracted criticism for prematurely commissioning an artwork celebrating a historic ninth consecutive State of Origin win for Queensland.
As part of a public transport review last year, the Council had also proposed replacing some of its buses with hovercraft.
“Look, we all make mistakes,” said Mr Quirk. “But at least the Council got rid of Campbell Newman. So that still puts us a long way in front.”
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