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Councils and police seek new ban on street racing in region

West Midlands Police

Press release from City of Wolverhampton Council dated Monday 4 July 2022

Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell 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 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, with a court date likely to be later this 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.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said:

"Street racing is noisy, dangerous and illegal and some events have resulted in serious injuries and even death.

“Over the last few years, we and the police have received hundreds of complaints about dangerous driving, excessive noise, littering and people and vehicles obstructing highways and residential or business properties.

“Law abiding drivers can also feel intimidated when, through no fault of their own, they inadvertently find themselves in the middle of a street race.

"The previous Black Country-wide injunction proved incredibly effective in reducing instances of street racing across the region. However, the problem still persists in some areas, and has started to grow again since the original injunction expired.

"It is important that the authorities have the powers they need to crack down on street racing as and when it occurs and so we are pleased to be in a position where we will shortly launch new proceedings and are hopeful that we can secure an injunction as soon as possible."

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

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