Car cruising or street racing is anti-social, dangerous and the council, its Black Country council partners and West Midlands Police remain resolute in their determination to tackle the problem to ensure the safety of local residents.
Some of the applicants of the previous Black Country car cruising injunction have been involved in a recent Court of Appeal case, the outcome of which will determine if and when they can proceed to renew the car cruising injunction.
Judgment in the Court of Appeal case is expected in early 2022 which will determine the applicants' next steps. If it is favourable, they will work hard to ensure an application for renewal of the injunction is issued in court as soon as practicable.
Background to the car cruising injunction application
The hearing into an application for a new car cruising injunction for the Black Country was adjourned on Thursday 13 May 2021.
The applicants – the City of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall councils and West Midlands Police – took the decision to apply for the adjournment following the conclusion of a separate High Court hearing relating to a number of injunctions which, similar to the proposed car cruising injunction, are served against 'persons unknown'.
The applicants are reviewing the judgment handed down in that case to determine what impact, if any, it would have on their application for an injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country.
The four councils, in partnership with West Midlands Police, will be returning to the High Court to obtain a new injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country, following the expiry of the previous injunction on 1 February 2021.
What is car cruising?
- Although most people attend these meetings in their cars, the injunction relates to any “motor vehicle”. Therefore, meetings using motorbikes or quadbikes are also included.
- It is the act of drivers meeting on the public highway or a publicly accessible place
- It can be either planned or unplanned
- The point is for people to race or show off in their cars/vehicles
Gatherings can attract up to 250 vehicles and spectators. Councils and the Police have received hundreds of complaints about:
- obstructing highways, residential or business properties
- dangerous driving
- excessive noise
- verbal abuse, swearing and intimidation.
Car cruising is noisy, dangerous and illegal. Some events have resulted in serious injuries and even death.
If you see car cruising call the police on 101.
Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall councils previously secured an injunction from the High Court in Birmingham on 1 December 2014. The life of the injunction was extended to 1 February 2021 by the High Court at a hearing on 9 January 2018.
This injunction has now expired and is no longer in force. Further details regarding the previous injunction can be found in our archived webpage.
The new injunction
Under the terms of the new injunction being applied for:
1. It is forbidden for anyone to participate, between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:00am, in a gathering of 2 or more persons within the Black Country Area (shown on Plan A) at which some of those present engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving.
2. It is forbidden for anyone to participate, between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:00am, in a gathering of 2 or more persons within the Black Country Area (shown on Plan A) with the intention or expectation that some of those present will engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving
3. It is forbidden for anyone to participate, to promote organise publicise (by any means whatsoever) any gathering between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:00am of 2 or more persons with the intention or expectation that some of those present will engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving within the Black Country Area shown on Plan A (attached).
4. Stunts are driving manoeuvres often undertaken at such gatherings including:
a) “Burnouts” Causing a vehicle to destroy its tyres by applying power to the drive wheels while braking so as to remain in place while the wheels revolve at speed;
b) “Donuts/Donutting” Causing a vehicle to rotate around a fixed point (normally the front axle) while not moving-off causing noise, smoke and tyre marks to be created;
c) “Drifting” Turning by placing the vehicle in a skid so that most sideways motion is due to the skid not any significant steering input; and
d) “Undertaking” passing a vehicle on its nearside so as to overtake in circumstances not permitted by the Highway Code
5. A Power of Arrest pursuant to section 27 Police and Criminal Justice Act 2006 shall apply to clauses 1 and 2 above.
6. The order and power of arrest shall continue in force for 3 years following the commencement of this order or until it is varied or discharged by the court.
7. Personal service of this injunction is dispensed with pursuant to rule 81.8 of the Civil Procedure Rules.
Pages in "Car cruising"
- You are here Car cruising
- Previous car cruising injunction