ROAD TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT
Dudley Council have announced they will be applying for a new High Court injunction to ban street racing in the Black Country.
Working in partnership with local officers, 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.
People are invited to submit comments and observations regarding street racing and the application for a new injunction by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments received may be presented as evidence to the High Court.
Incidents of street racing should be reported via: email@example.com or by sending West Midlands Police a message via Live Chat on their website west-midlands.police.uk. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Please note, the information below relates to a hearing that was due to take place on 13 May 2021 but which was adjourned. Following further clarifications in the law following the adjournment, the four Black County authorities are currently in the process of gathering evidence for a new application to the High Court. Further information and updates will be provided in due course.