Crack­ing down on street rac­ing

NEW POW­ERS COULD DE­TER DAN­GER­OUS STUNTS WITH ON-THE-SPOT FINES

Uxbridge Gazette - - News - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

A NEW Pub­lic Space Pro­tec­tion Or­der could mean any­one in­volved in street rac­ing in parts of Hilling­don could be is­sued with an im­me­di­ate fine.

Hilling­don Coun­cil has been con­sult­ing on the PSPO af­ter images and videos from il­le­gal street rac­ing in Hilling­don went vi­ral and ap­peared on getwest­lon­don.

The con­sul­ta­tion, which ends on Thurs­day July 12 lists 12 dif­fer­ent be­hav­iours which could lead to the per­pe­tra­tor be­ing handed fines by po­lice or coun­cil work­ers.

The con­sul­ta­tion lists six wards of the bor­ough, Botwell, Pinkwell, Town­field, Uxbridge South, Yiewsley and West Ruis­lip , as ar­eas where the PSPO would be in force.

Coun­cil­lor Jazz Dhillon cap­tured a shock­ing video show­ing youths skid­ding their cars around the car park at the Asda su­per­store in Milling­ton Road, in Pinkwell, on June 16.

The video shows a huge crowd in the un­der­ground car park in Hayes as driv­ers show off their souped-up cars, with one ve­hi­cle spin­ning in cir­cles and miss­ing some of the on­look­ers by inches.

The con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment says the ac­tiv­ity in­volves the use of cars or mo­tor­cy­cles on pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble spa­ces and roads to per­form stunts.

Other prob­lems cited in­clude the noise nui­sance and com­mit­ting road traf­fic of­fences.

How­ever un­der the or­der, not only would driv­ers and pas­sen­gers of the ve­hi­cles be li­able for a fixed penalty no­tice, but so would spec­ta­tors and any­one pro­mot­ing such events on so­cial me­dia.

If the or­der takes ef­fect, those who go “car cruis­ing”, with two or more ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing mo­tor­bikes, can re­ceive a fixed penalty no­tice for do­ing any of the fol­low­ing:

Caus­ing ob­struc­tion on a pub­lic high­way, whether mov­ing or sta­tion­ary.

To pro­mote, or­ga­nize or pub­li­cise, via email, the in­ter­net, Face­book, Twit­ter or sim­i­lar so­cial me­dia, or any pub­li­ca­tion or broad­cast any ‘car cruis­ing’ within the Re­stricted Ar­eas

Us­ing any wa­ter out­let for the pur­pose of flood­ing the road to fa­cil­i­tate performing stunts in the re­stricted ar­eas.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the above ac­tiv­i­ties as a pas­sen­ger or driver

Con­gre­gat­ing to spec­tate on any such ac­tiv­i­ties

If a po­lice con­sta­ble or au­tho­rised em­ployee of Hilling­don Coun­cil be­lieves some­one has com­mit­ted any of the above of­fences, they would be able to is­sue a fixed penalty no­tice.

Un­der the no­tice, the per­son would pay £100 to be freed of any li­a­bil­ity to con­vic­tion for the of­fence, with the money go­ing to the coun­cil.

The results of the con­sul­ta­tion will be as­sess by the coun­cil, which will then de­cide if the PSPO should be put in place.

Smoke from burn­ing rub­ber fills the car park

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