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Previous car cruising 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This injunction has now expired and is no longer in force.

Here were the terms of the previous car cruising injunction, which is no longer in force:

  1. It is forbidden for anyone to participate in 'car cruising' (as defined in the Schedule below) anywhere within the claimants' combined geographical area known locally as the Black Country area.
  2. It is also forbidden for anyone to promote, organise or publicise via email, the internet or any publication or broadcast any 'car cruising' within the defined geographical area.
  3. A power of arrest pursuant to section 27 Police and Criminal Justice Act 2006 shall apply to clause 1 above.
  4. The order and power of arrest shall continue in force for a further three years following the commencement of this order or until it is varied or discharged by the court. This extension of the duration of the order shall come into effect at midnight on 2 February 2018 (when the order as originally granted ceases to be in force) provided that the claimants have completed certain steps. It shall, subject to further order, expire at midnight 1 February 2021.
  5. Personal service of this injunction is dispensed with pursuant to rule 81.8 of the Civil Procedure Rules.

Schedule:

  1. The injunction defines car cruising as two or more motor vehicles (including motorbikes) between the hours of 3pm and 7am being on a highway or in a publicly accessible place within the Black Country area at which any such vehicle or occupant of a vehicle performs any of the prohibited activities listed in clause 3 below which causes, or is capable of causing, any of the prohibited consequences set out in clause 4 below.
  2. Participating in car cruising means being the driver of, or being carried in (or on), a motor vehicle (including motorbikes) in circumstances in which clause 1 (above) applies.
  3. The prohibited activities referred to in clause 1 above are: speeding; driving in convoy; racing; performing stunts; sounding horns or playing music as to cause a nuisance; using foul or abusive language; using threatening, intimidating behaviour towards another person; and causing obstruction on a public highway, whether moving or stationary.
  4. The prohibited consequences referred to in clause 1 above are: excessive noise; danger or risk of injury to road users, including pedestrians; damage or significant risk of damage to property; risk of harm; nuisance; and annoyance.

You can view this now expired court injunction orderrenewed powers of arrest and the map of the area where the injunction was enforced, as well as documents relating to the application to extend and vary the terms of the car cruising injunction.

Details of the application for a new High Court injunction order to ban car cruising in the Black Country are available on our main car cruising webpage.

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