Vehicle Nuisance PSPO
The council has brought in tough new rules to prohibit to tackle “car cruising" activities at Majuba car park and within the surrounding Coatham development area, with effect from 1 July 2021.
“Car cruises" are where drivers meet on the public highway to race or show off their vehicles. A minority of these drivers perform dangerous stunts, speed and behave in an anti-social manner. The cruises can also attract crowds who can also commit anti-social behaviour and risk being injured by cars driving dangerously.
The new rules take the form of a public spaces protection order (PSPO) prohibiting antisocial vehicle nuisance within the “restricted area" at Majuba.
You can view a location map showing the Majuba vehicle nuisance “restricted area" by viewing the document below:
Majuba PSPO Restricted Area Location Map
What support has the council for these new rules?
The council carried out a six-week consultation (15 March-26 April 2021) about its proposals before introducing the new rules. In total, 195 survey responses were received.
- 82.14% supported the council's proposal to prohibit car cruising events and related activities within the proposed restricted area at Majuba, Redcar
Why do we need a PSPO on anti-social use of vehicles at Majuba?
Whilst there has been a long history of “car cruising" vehicle nuisance associated with Majuba car park and the surrounding Coatham development area, there has been a significant uptick in the number of reported incidents during the last three years, and particularly since mid-summer 2020:
- All vehicle nuisance: 14 (2018); 21 (2019); 53 (2020), including:
- Racing, revving, doughnuts: 10 (2018); 12 (2019); 42 (2020)
- Beeping horns: 0 (2018); 0 (2019); 12 (2020)
- Loud music: 0 (2018); 1 (2019); 10 (2020)
Respondents to the recent consultation exercise also told us antisocial vehicle nuisance was a regular, even daily, occurrence and that these activities were causing them to feel unsafe when in the area during the evening (54.12%) or night (60.77%).
- 85.59% had experienced “people driving at excessive speed"
- 84.75% had experienced “deliberately causing their vehicle to spin wheels"
- 79.66% had experienced “people racing motor vehicles"
- 74.58% had experienced “people playing loud music from their vehicle"
Many respondents reported these activities caused them to feel alarmed (82.57%) , distressed (75.76%), harassed (61.76%), or to feel they were in danger (59.60%).
What are the breaches?
The full order can be viewed here Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (Majuba Vehicle Nuisance) Public Spaces Order 2021
Some of the key issues that the PSPO will tackle are:
- Aggressive driving
- Dangerous manoeuvres
- Excessive noise
- Danger to other road users (including pedestrians)
- Harassment of individuals
- Any nuisance to another person
What would happen if I breached it?
Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence. A breach of the PSPO can be dealt with through the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 by prosecution (maximum court penalty: £1,000).
Who will be enforcing the PSPO?
As part of a hybrid enforcement approach both Cleveland police officers and the council's own community enforcement team will carry out enforcement activities and issue fixed penalty notices for breaches.
What Information should I provide and who should I contact?
If you believe someone is in the breach of this PSPO, and it is safe to do so, please try to obtain as much information as possible, for example, the location, make and model of the vehicle, registration number and the nature of the anti-social act.
You can make reports to the council by calling our Customer Services Team on 01642 774774 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or by using our online report tool.
You can make reports to Cleveland police by calling 101. They'll take down a few details, assess if a police presence is needed straight away and talk you through the next steps.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (Majuba Vehicle Nuisance) Public Spaces Order 2021
Majuba PSPO Restricted Area Location Map