Car cruising, or street racing as it is also known, is the act of drivers of cars, motorbikes or quadbikes meeting to race or show off in their vehicles.

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.

Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall Councils, in partnership with West Midlands Police, will be returning to the High Court to obtain a new injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country, following the expiry of the previous injunction 01 February 2021.

Similar car cruising injunctions have been imposed in other parts of the West Midlands and surrounding areas.

The application will be heard at Birmingham High Court on Thursday 13 May 2021 at a remote hearing utilising Microsoft Teams.

People are invited to submit comments and observations regarding the car cruising injunction, and the application for a new injunction, by emailing litigation@wolverhampton.gov.uk by 4pm on Tuesday 04 May 2021. Comments received will be presented as evidence to the High Court.

Served against "persons unknown", this new injunction, if granted, will forbid people from:

  • participating in a "car cruise event"
  • promoting events
  • organising events
  • publicising events

This covers 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 public nuisance, using foul or abusive language and threatening, intimidating behaviour and causing an obstruction on a public highway, whether moving or stationary.

Anyone who ignores this injunction may:

  • be arrested
  • face penalties such as an unlimited fine
  • have their assets seized
  • face up to two years imprisonment.

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.

The full terms of the injunction applied for, as well as the evidence in support of the application, are available under the Downloads section. Links to two video exhibits contained within the evidence can be seen here.

Also available under Downloads is a map of the area to be enforced.

What is car cruising?

  • Although most people attend these meetings in their cars, the injunction relates to any “motor vehicle”.  Therefore, meetings using motorbikes or quadbikes are also included.
  • It is the act of drivers meeting on the public highway or a publicly accessible place
  • It can be either planned or unplanned
  • The point is for people to race or show off in their cars/vehicles

Gatherings can attract up to 250 vehicles and spectators. Councils and the Police have received hundreds of complaints about:

  • obstructing highways, residential or business properties
  • dangerous driving
  • excessive noise
  • littering
  • verbal abuse, swearing and intimidation.

Car cruising is noisy, dangerous and illegal. Some events have resulted in serious injuries and even death.

If you see car cruising call the police on 101.

The New Injunction 

Under the terms of the new injunction being applied for:

  1. It is forbidden for anyone to participate, between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:00am, in a gathering of 2 or more persons within the Black Country Area (shown on Plan A) at which some of those present engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving.
  2. It is forbidden for anyone to participate, between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:00am, in a gathering of 2 or more persons within the Black Country Area (shown on Plan A) with the intention or expectation that some of those present will engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving
  3. It is forbidden for anyone to participate, to promote organise publicise (by any means whatsoever) any gathering between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:00am of 2 or more persons with the intention or expectation that some of those present will engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving within the Black Country Area shown on Plan A (attached).
  4. Stunts are driving manoeuvres often undertaken at such gatherings including:
    1. “Burnouts” Causing a vehicle to destroy its tyres by applying power to the drive wheels while braking so as to remain in place while the wheels revolve at speed;
    2. “Donuts/Donutting” Causing a vehicle to rotate around a fixed point (normally the front axle) while not moving-off causing noise, smoke and tyre marks to be created;
    3. “Drifting” Turning by placing the vehicle in a skid so that most sideways motion is due to the skid not any significant steering input; and
    4. “Undertaking” passing a vehicle on its nearside so as to overtake in circumstances not permitted by the Highway Code
  5. A Power of Arrest pursuant to section 27 Police and Criminal Justice Act 2006 shall apply to clauses 1 and 2 above.
  6. The order and power of arrest shall continue in force for 3 years following the commencement of this order or until it is varied or discharged by the court.
  7. Personal service of this injunction is dispensed with pursuant to rule 81.4 of the Civil Procedure Rules.

Previous Injunction

Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall councils previously secured an injunction from the High Court in Birmingham on 1 December 2014. The life of the injunction was extended to 1 February 2021 by the High Court at a hearing on 9 January 2018.

This injunction has now expired and is no longer in force.  Further details regarding the previous injunction can be found here.

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