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Street racing banned in the Black Country

UPDATE: The four Black Country councils will appear before the High Court on Monday 6 February 2023 to apply for an extension to the interim injunction which bans 'street racing', also known as ‘car cruising’, across the region.

The hearing will take place a 10.30am at the Business and Property Courts, Birmingham District Registry, Civil Justice Centre, The Priory Courts, 33 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6DS.

Read our news story for more information.

Read the Notice of Hearing.

Video information about the existing Black Country-wide street racing injunction and forthcoming High Court hearing

Interim injunction bans street racing in the Black Country

An interim injunction banning ‘street racing’, also known as ‘car cruising’, will be in force from 00.01am on 24 December 2022.

It forbids anyone who is a driver, rider or passenger in or on a motor vehicle to participate between the hours of 3pm and 7am in a gathering of two or more persons within the Black Country area at which some of those present engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving.

For the purposes of the injunction, stunts are defined as driving manoeuvres often undertaken at such gatherings including but not limited to:

  • “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
  • “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
  • “Drifting” – turning by placing the vehicle in a skid so that most sideways motion is due to the skid not any significant steering input
  • “Undertaking” – Passing a vehicle on its nearside so as to overtake in circumstances not permitted by the Highway Code.

The Interim Injunction Order has a Power of Arrest attached to it which gives the police the power to arrest anyone who breaches it.

Breach of an injunction is a contempt to court and if proved the court has the power to impose a sentence of imprisonment, a fine, or an order seizing a person’s assets.

The Black Country Area includes all of the Boroughs of Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Full details of the interim injunction, including evidence presented to the High Court, the Sealed Order, Power of Arrest and other supporting documentation such as a map showing the Black Country area, can be found on our street racing downloads webpage.

There will be a further High Court hearing at the Business and Property Courts, Birmingham District Registry, Civil Justice Centre, The Priory Courts, Birmingham B4 6DS at 10.30am on Monday 6 February 2023 to consider whether the interim injunction should remain in force or be amended. Further information is available at the top of this webpage, in our news story and on the council’s social media accounts.

At that hearing the Black Country councils will seek to extend the terms of the Injunction so that it:

  • Forbids people from participating between the hours of 3pm and 7am in a gathering of two or more persons within the Black Country area at which some of those present engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving.
  • Forbids people from participating between the hours of 3pm and 7am in a gathering of two or more persons within the Black Country area with the intention or expectation that some of those present will engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving.

Forbids people from promoting, organising or publicising, by any means whatsoever, any gathering between the hours of 3pm and 7am of two or more persons within the Black Country area, with the intention or expectation that some of those present will engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving.

People are invited to submit comments and observations regarding street racing and the application on 6 February 2023 for an extension of the existing injunction by emailing litigation@wolverhampton.gov.uk 

If you wish to take part in that hearing, you should file a formal document called an Acknowledgement of Service not less than seven days before the hearing. Details of how to do so are set out in the Injunction. If you fail to do so you will need the permission of the judge to take part.

Incidents of street racing should be reported via asb_team@sandwell.gov.uk or to West Midlands Police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Audio information about the interim street racing injunction application

Video evidence of street racing presented to the High Court (Warning, some videos contain scenes that some people may find distressing).