Council chiefs who secured a ground breaking injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country have welcomed the jailing of a motorist caught speeding in Wolverhampton.

Tejinder Singh, from Babors Field in Bilston, was spotted tearing along the A463 Black Country Route in a friend's Range Rover at speeds approaching 90mph.

The 23 year old was racing alongside a VW Golf driver back on 29 June, 2014 and, at one stage, nearly toppled the 4x4 as he tried negotiating a roundabout at Overfield Drive.

Although his 27 year old 'rival' admitted dangerous driving and street racing, Singh denied the offences, claiming the other man "cut him up" and that he gave chase briefly in a moment of madness.

However, he was convicted at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court last week and jailed for 5 months. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months and will have to complete an extended re-test in order to get his licence back.

West Midlands Police traffic officer PC Adam Jobson said: "Both vehicles were racing each other at dangerous speeds and with spectators spilling onto the carriageway it was a fatal accident waiting to happen.

"We pulled both vehicles over and told them they would be prosecuted - but while one driver admitted the offences straight away, Singh maintained his innocence and dragged the matter through court for more than a year."

Karen Samuels, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Head of Community Safety, said: "We take car cruising and street racing very seriously; our roads are for the public and their safety should not be jeopardised by selfish drivers intent on using them in a dangerous manner.

"We welcome the tough sentence which has been handed out in this case, and trust that it will serve as a warning to potential car cruisers."

Last month, the High Court permitted a Black Country wide car cruising injunction to continue after hearing that it had significantly reduced the problem across much of the region - and eradicated it altogether in many areas.

The injunction defines car cruising as the act of drivers meeting on the public highway on either an organised or impromptu basis to race or show off in their cars, and bans people from taking part in a car cruise anywhere within Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall, or from promoting, organising or publicising any such event in those areas.

It prohibits a number of activities typically associated with car cruising, including speeding, racing and driving in convoy, performing stunts and causing an obstruction on a public highway.

It also prohibits a number of consequences associated with car cruising, including excessive noise, danger or risk of injury to other road users and pedestrians, damage or risk of damage to property and significant risk of harm, public nuisance and annoyance to the public.

Anyone breaching the injunction is at risk of being in contempt of court, for which an adult can face up to 2 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.

To read a copy of the injunction, and for more information, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=5901;Title=Car cruising injunction;.

Incidents of car cruising should be reported to West Midlands Police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

  • released: Friday 1 April, 2016