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Car cruising ban application 2021

Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall councils have announced they will be applying for a new High Court injunction to ban "street racing" in the Black Country.

Working in partnership with West Midlands Police, they will return to the High Court later this year (2022) to seek a ban on street racing, also known as car cruising, across the four boroughs.

If granted, the injunction would forbid people from participating in, attending, promoting, organising or publicising a street racing event. Anyone ignoring the injunction could be arrested, face penalties such as up to two years' imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or have their assets seized.

The councils are expected to issue proceedings in a few weeks' time (summer 2022), with a court date likely to be later in the summer or early autumn.

For the purposes of the application, street racing is defined as the act of drivers of cars, motorbikes or quadbikes meeting to race or show off in their vehicles.

A similar injunction had previously been in force in the Black Country for a period of six years, and had helped dramatically reduce instances of street racing across the region in that time.

The new application is once again being led by the City of Wolverhampton Council on behalf of the four Black Country local authorities and West Midlands Police.

People are invited to submit comments and observations regarding street racing and the application for a new injunction by emailing Comments received may be presented as evidence to the High Court.

Incidents of street racing should be reported to West Midlands Police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Background to the car cruising injunction application

A 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'.

Further clarifications in the law following the adjournment mean that the four Black County authorities are now in the process of gathering evidence for a new application to the High Court.

A previous car cruising injunction expired 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
  • littering
  • 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.

Previous injunction

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.

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