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Nuisance Vehicle PSPO

Nuisance Vehicle PSPO (.pdf | 1.59mb)

The District Wide PSPO makes it an offence to:

any person is prohibited from participating in or being a spectator of a car cruising event including but not limited to the following activities:

  1. i) Performing stunts using a motor vehicle (including but not limited to performing doughnuts, drifting, skidding, handbrake turns and wheel spinning)
  1. ii) Causing a danger or risk of injury to road users (including pedestrians) by speeding or racing in a motor vehicle

iii) Causing an obstruction on a public highway, whether moving or stationary, including driving in convoy in a motor vehicle

  1. iv) Causing or allowing loud amplified music, or other loud noise to be emitted from a motor vehicle or from a portable device (so as to cause a nuisance)
  1. v) Promoting, publicising or organising any car cruise or car cruising event to occur within the Restricted Area by the internet, social media, email, hoardings, publications or adverts
  1. vi) Sounding motor vehicle horns other than in accordance with the Highway Code in such a manner as to cause a nuisance to persons in the locality of the Restricted Area

vii) Revving of motor vehicle engines so as to cause a nuisance to persons in the locality of the Restricted Area

More about Public Spaces Protection Orders

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is a power under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and came into force in October 2014.

PSPO's are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular geographical area that is detrimental to the local communities quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

A PSPO can be made by the local authority if they are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activities carried out or likely to be carried out, in a public place:

  • have had, or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
  • is, or likely to be of a persistent or continuing in nature
  • is, or is likely to be unreasonable
  • justifies the restrictions imposed

Local Authorities can make a PSPO on any public space within its own area. The definition of public space is wide and includes any place to which the public or any section of the public has access. A PSPO can contain more than one restriction which means the Order can deal with a wider range of behaviours that the orders and by-laws it replaces.

Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence and enforcement officers can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice if appropriate to do so or recommend commencement of legal proceedings.

The maximum duration of a Public Spaces Protection Order is three years. At any point before expiry, the council can extend a Public Spaces Protection Order by up to three years if they consider it is necessary to prevent the original behaviour from occurring or recurring.