Inappropriate use of vehicles on or off-road by gangs or individuals can be noisy, intimidating and dangerous. It is important that the local community is protected from such activity, and a number of interventions can be used. Agreements and warnings can help those involved to understand the impact of the nuisance on their local community. Environmental improvements can stop inappropriate use of vehicles within a residential area. For repeated and persistent dangerous and anti-social driving, vehicle confiscation, anti-social behaviour orders, injunctions and/or prosecution under the law are available.
Inappropriate use of vehicles can be intimidating and dangerous. It is important that your local authority protects your community from such activity.
The police have wide-ranging powers to combat offences related to dangerous or illegal driving:
The offender will generally receive three warnings before an application for an ASBO is sought by the authorities. The authorities have several options to deal with anti-social driving including ASBO applications:
Agreements and warnings can be used to ensure that those engaged in vehicle-related nuisance appreciate the impact on local residents. Where the perpetrators are young people, it may be possible to construct appropriate diversionary or training activities, such as vehicle maintenance.
Environmental improvements such as bollards, gates and CCTV can stop inappropriate use of vehicles within a residential area. All such schemes should be aligned with a clear message that the anti-social behaviour must be stopped and will be subject to further enforcement action if it continues.
Anti-social behaviour orders or injunctions can be used to stop the behaviour and protect the community. In England and Wales Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) and Community Protection Notices may be used. Kensington and Chelsea has a PSPO in place to prevent revving of engines, driving in convoys, repeated and sudden acceleration, among other actions. In addition, the power to disperse groups can be used in an area where there has been persistent anti-social behaviour, to prevent gangs from meeting to engage in anti-social driving. See the sections onand .
It is now possible to take action against nuisance caused by individuals repairing or selling vehicles on the street as a business.
Using the street as a car workshop and showroom makes it difficult for local residents to find space to park their own vehicles and go about their daily lives. The nuisance can last for months, looks unsightly and can directly damage the local environment through spilled oil.
s3-5 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 makes it an offence to:
If an individual can prove they are not repairing the vehicle as a business and are not giving 'reasonable cause for annoyance' to persons in the vicinity, they are not committing an offence.
A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 4 (£2,500) or a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £100 which can be collected on behalf of the local authority by an authorised officer.
Receipts from FPN's can be used by local authorities for the purposes of their functions under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity Act) 1978.
For more information on parking offences, see oursection.
Vehicles which have been discarded or abandoned can create problems for neighbourhoods, ranging from the attraction of crime and undesirable activities, to obstruction of traffic.
For more information, see our section.
The inappropriate use of mini-motos, also known as Go-peds (which include miniature motorcycles and petrol driven scooters) is a growing problem, and incidents that disturb local residents, damage the environment and put the safety of the public at risk, are becoming more frequent. Although marketed as 'toys', mini-motos can reach speeds of up to 60mph and fatalities and serious injuries have resulted from mini-moto accidents.
If these vehicles are not registered for the road, they may only be used legally on private land, including parks and forests, and only with the direct permission of the landowner, which in many cases will be the local authority.
When these vehicles are used on roads, riders must be licensed, aged 16 or over and wearing an approved (E-marked, kite-marked) crash helmet.
Any child using a mini-moto should be supervised by a responsible adult to ensure its safe use.
Evidence collected in relation to the misuse of these vehicles, can be used to form part of the package of evidence to tackle anti-social behaviour in the same way as for misuse of any other vehicle.