New Zealand Law Society - Wicked Camper van classified as objectionable

Wicked Camper van classified as objectionable

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The Office of Film and Literature Classification has released three more decisions relating to campervans owned by the Australian company The Wicked Cult Ltd.

The result is that one campervan - Wicked Camper GCT798 - has been classified as objectionable (banned) and two others - EHJ635 and DZQ882 - have been classified as unrestricted.

The classifications follow three earlier decisions released by the Classification Office on 28 April 2016. These related to another three Wicked Campers, all of which were classified as objectionable (banned).

The Office says other vans are in the process of being classified. Its decision on GCT798 says it considered a classification of R18, but the medium makes it impossible to protect children and young people without preventing the campervan from being publicly available to anyone.

In classifying it as objectionable, the Office says it has also taken into account that those who rent the vans may be unwittingly criminalised if the owner considered that restricting their rental to persons 18 year and over meets the conditions of an R18 classification.

"While the Office does not necessarily agree that the owner could contract out of their liability in this way, the classification of the campervan as objectionable removes all doubt as to its unsuitability for its intended purpose."

All shares in The Wicked Cult Ltd are owned by Queensland company Wicked NZ Holdings Pty Ltd, and the sole director is John William Webb of Coorparoo, Queensland.