Car cruising ban
Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall councils have secured a ground-breaking injunction order to tackle 'car crusing'.
You can watch a video about the ban.The order forbids people from taking part in a "car cruise" anywhere in the four boroughs, or to promote, organise or publicise any car cruising event in the area.
Car cruising - the act of drivers meeting on the public highway on either an organised or impromptu basis to race or show off in their cars - is noisy, dangerous and illegal.
Gatherings have been known to attract up to 250 vehicles and spectators.
Councils and West Midlands Police have received hundreds of complaints over the last few years.
People are worried about vehicles and spectators blocking highways and homes or businesses, dangerous driving, excessive noise, littering, verbal abuse, swearing and intimidation.
The four councils, working with West Midlands Police, secured the injunction from the High Court in Birmingham on 1 December, 2014.
The order bans a number of activities typically associated with car cruising, including:
- racing and driving in convoy;
- performing stunts;
- sounding horns or playing music, causing a significant public nuisance;
- using foul or abusive language and threatening, intimidating behaviour; and
- causing an obstruction on a public highway.
- excessive noise;
- danger or risk of injury to road users and pedestrians;
- damage or risk of damage to property; and
- significant risk of harm, public nuisance and annoyance to the public.
If you witnesses car cruising on the public highway or a publicly-accessible place, please call police on 101.
Anyone suspected of breaching the injunction will be at risk of being in contempt of court, for which an adult can face up to two years in prison and a fine.
Two people were taken to court and sentenced for breaching the injunction order by racing on Sandwell's roads during the first year of the injunction. Read more about the success of the order Black Country-wide.
In addition, police retain their powers in relation to traffic offences including driving without insurance, driving an unroadworthy vehicle and driving without due care and attention.
You can read the full terms of the injunction order and download a map of the area where the order will be enforced.