Santa can no longer throw lollies from a moving truck. Otherwise all is OK in the world.

Rumours that a ban has been placed on a long standing tradition of local fire services sharing sweets with children at Christmas have thankfully been proven slightly incorrect.

Chris Arnol, Chief of the Tasmanian Fire Service, told ABC radio, the ruling was they can no longer throw sweets off a moving vehicle, but all other traditions still stand.

For safety reasons and the imminent dangers of kids running around the vehicle and near the truck wheels, it has been decided they need to ensure the vehicle is parked before lollies are handed out.

There was no discussion on banning sweets at all, although a Primary school banned students from including candy canes and similar treats with their Christmas cards.

We have shared the story of schools banning students from including candy canes and similar treats with their Christmas cards PLUS a call to ban reindeers at Christmas festivities. Top that off with a warning to parents to STOP lying to kids about Santa and Christmas is all but over as far as the Grinch is concerned. Then there was the new policy regarding gifts for teachers this year.

Christmas is really not the same anymore.

This was always a tradition for both my boys over the years. It was so exciting for them.

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  • I didn’t even know this happened! It would be fun but I can understand why..


  • I can see why they are no longer throwing them from a truck while moving. Parents don’t always hold their children firmly enough and they can run so fast and could go under the truck without the driver spotting them in mirrors. I have seen too many near accidents through children letting go of an adult’s hand at the wrong time. Maybe they should stop, throw some while having one fireman on both side of the truck watching while they move the truck a few metres further along to stop and throw more etc. Lets find a safe alternative.


  • A lot less fun this Christmas time! :-(


  • Here in Kwinana that is the joy of Christmas day with the noise, horns, bells going off to let children know Santa is coming as bags of lollies are thrown to children. They already have to go slow due to being in a moving vehicle. Soon will be no traditions left.


  • At least Santa can still hand out the sweets!


  • Fair enough, don’t want kids getting hurt….


  • I wonder how long it will be until all Christmas traditions are cancelled?


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