William Eichler 31 October 2019

Birmingham CC welcomes extension of injunction banning ‘street cruising’

A court has agreed to extend an injunction banning street cruising from the roads of Birmingham for another three years, the city council has confirmed.

Birmingham City Council first secured the injunction in 2016 as part of an effort to stop groups of drivers meeting on public highways to race or perform stunts.

The order, which is now valid until 1 September 2022, has a power of arrest attached to it meaning a driver or passenger believed to have breached the terms can be arrested and has to go before a court within 24 hours.

A breach can result in a fine or imprisonment up to a maximum of two years.

Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for social inclusion, community safety and equalities at Birmingham City Council, described street cruising as ‘dangerous’ and ‘a nuisance for law-abiding citizens’.

‘By working with our partners at the police on this injunction, we have shown we understand and share the continued concerns raised by many residents, about this anti-social and life-threatening behaviour,’ he said.

‘Past court action shows that we won’t hesitate to ensure justice is served upon offenders, who have no excuse for their actions. There are plenty of lawful ways to exhibit and demonstrate their vehicles – but our roads are not the place for it.’

Over the last three years, the injunction has led to the arrest of 30 people, with 16 defendants receiving suspended prison sentences and one being given an immediate custodial sentence.

Commenting on the court’s decision, Superintendent Ian Green from Birmingham Police, said: ‘We are determined to tackle reckless driving on our roads which puts the safety of others and themselves at risk.

‘Alongside our partners we do not tolerate illegal car gatherings due to the danger and nuisance they create. We have officers dedicated to addressing the issue who are also working with the insurance industry.

‘We will take every opportunity to intervene and enforce against this activity and this includes against spectators and those organising or promoting these events.’

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