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Residents invited to comment as councils and police seek new ban on car cruising in region

Residents invited to comment as councils and police seek new ban on car cruising in region
Published on 22 April 2021 Print

Walsall Council is one of four local authorities that have applied for a new High Court injunction to ban "car cruising" in the Black Country.

Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell councils, working in partnership with West Midlands Police, are returning to the High Court on Thursday 13 May to seek a new injunction banning car cruising in the region.

Served against "persons unknown", the injunction, if granted, will forbid people from participating in, attending, promoting, organising or publicising a car cruise event. Anyone ignoring the injunction may be arrested, face penalties such as up to two years' imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or have their assets seized.

For the purposes of the application, car cruising is defined as the act of drivers of cars, motorbikes or quadbikes meeting to race or show off in their vehicles.

The proposed injunction would replace one which expired in February. It had been in force for six years and had helped dramatically reduce instances of car cruising across the Black Country in that time. Similar injunctions are in force in other parts of the West Midlands and surrounding areas.

The application will be heard Birmingham High Court on Thursday 13 May 2021. The hearing will take place remotely because of coronavirus restrictions. People are invited to submit comments and observations regarding car cruising, and the application for a new injunction, by emailing litigation@wolverhampton.gov.uk by 4pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021. Comments received will be presented as evidence to the High Court.

For more information, including details of full terms of the injunction and the evidence in support of the application, please visit Black Country new car cruising injunction. 

The application is led by the City of Wolverhampton Council on behalf of the four Black Country local authorities and West Midlands Police.

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