Car cruising ban

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Councils in the Black Country will return to the High Court on Wednesday 27 January 2021 to seek the renewal of a ground-breaking injunction banning car cruising in the region for a further three years.

They will request an extension of the existing injunction, as well as a variation to it so that it applies not only to people organising and participating in a car cruise, but to spectators as well.

People are invited to submit comments and observations regarding the car cruising injunction, and the application to extend and vary the terms of the injunction, by emailing litigation@wolverhampton.gov.uk by 4pm on Thursday 21 January 2021. Comments received will be presented as evidence to the High Court.

You can read documents relating to the application to extend and vary the terms of the car cruising injunction.

Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall councils, together with West Midlands Police, previously secured an extension to the ground-breaking 'car cruising' injunction order in January 2018, confirmed at a review hearing in February 2019.

You can read the terms of the injunction and also 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. The order also applies to motorbike-related nuisance.

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.

The High Court order has had a major impact since being introduced in 2015, leading to a significant reduction in car cruising in many parts of the Black Country, with the problem being eliminated entirely in some areas. 

A number of people have also been convicted of breaching the injunction, either by participating in or organising a car cruise. Anyone convicted faces jail, a fine or seizure of assets.

However, there are still car cruising hotspots in the region with a number of fatalities linked to car cruising in recent years, so the four councils and police returned to the High Court in January 2018 to successfully secure an extension to the order. This extension was confirmed at a review hearing in February 2019.

People are worried about vehicles and spectators blocking highways and homes or businesses, dangerous driving, excessive noise, littering, verbal abuse, swearing and intimidation.

The order bans a number of activities typically associated with car cruising, including:

  •     speeding;
  •     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.

It also bans a number of things associated with car cruising, including:

  •     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. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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, a fine or seizure of assets.

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 the renewed powers of arrest. You can also download a map of the area where the order will be enforced.

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