Black Country Car Cruising Injunction
Car cruising will be banned across the Black Country after a ground-breaking High Court injunction secured by the four local authorities, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell.
The injunction forbids people from participating in or promoting, organising or publicising a “car cruise” anywhere in the Black Country.
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.
Regular gatherings take place at a number of “hotspots” around the Black Country, where up to 250 vehicles and spectators turn local roads into a race track. They include the Black Country Route and Birmingham New Road in Wolverhampton, Brickyard Road and the Moxley Industrial Estate in Walsall, Flood Street in Dudley, Bean Road Industrial Estate, Tipton, Hallens Drive, Wednesbury as well as public and retail car parks across the Black Country.
Groups of car cruisers have also congregated on public and superstore car parks across the Black Country.
Primarily occurring on Sunday evenings, these gatherings have been known to attract up to 250 vehicles and hundreds of spectators, with councils and West Midlands Police receiving hundreds of complaints over the last few years.
These range from vehicles and spectators obstructing highways or residential or business properties, to dangerous driving, excessive noise from revving engines and stereo systems, littering, verbal abuse, swearing and intimidation. There have also been a number of collisions involving vehicles taking part in car cruises.
The injunction, granted by His Honour Judge Robert Owen QC (sitting as a High Court Judge), has been issued against “persons unknown” – meaning anyone 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 and a fine.
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.
It prohibits a number of activities typically associated with car cruising, including speeding, racing and driving in convoy, performing stunts, sounding horns or playing music as to cause a significant public nuisance, using foul or abusive language and threatening, intimidating behaviour and causing an obstruction on a public highway, whether moving or stationary.
It also prohibits a number of consequences 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.
The application was brought by the four Black Country councils and West Midlands Police, led by Wolverhampton City Council.
Please see link to access Annex - Map of the Black Country Areas (7mb) Annex Map of the Black Country Areas
Please see link to High Court Injunction High Court Injunction
This page was last updated on 26 September 2016