Bradford Public Asked to Give Their Views On Nuisance Driving

Car Cruising event in Bradford

By ANISAH ARIF

The Bradford district is being asked for their opinion about a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which aims to cut down the nuisance use of vehicles in the area.

Driving dangerously and inconsiderately can radically affect how safe people feel. Data from the West Yorkshire Police shows reports have increased by 47 per cent in the last three years (597 in 2014/2015 to 866 2017/2018).

Now plans for a consultation into bad driving have been welcomed in the city by the council asking people to give their views on the new order, which aims to cut down on reckless behaviour behind the wheel.

West Yorkshire Police have been consulted on the PSPO, which if introduced will give police and partner agencies delegated powers to enforce any breaches.

The proposal entails:

  • Engaging in, promoting, encouraging or assisting in the carrying out of any car  cruising event in or on a public highway, car park and any other land to which the public has access in the Bradford district and which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress through:
    • excessive noise
    • danger to other road users (including pedestrians)
    • damage or risk of damage to private property
    • shouting or swearing at, or abusing, threatening or otherwise intimidating (including by the use of sexual language or making sexual suggestions) another person
    • any public nuisance to another person
  • Congregating or loitering as part of a group around (or in) one or more stationary vehicles at any time where such activity causes or is likely to cause noise, harassment, alarm or distress
  • Engaging in, promoting, encouraging or assisting in activities of, drifting or other vehicle related nuisance  causing or likely to cause danger to the public
  • Causing or permitting excessive amplified music or other noise from vehicles such as to cause, or be likely to cause, alarm, harassment, distress as a result of a gathering in or around one or more vehicles on any public road or land to which the public has access in the Bradford district

Councillor Abdul Jabar Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “Other Local Authorities have experienced positive outcomes using this legislation for this type of behaviour.

“It will provide joint partnership enforcement powers which strengthen operational options to tackle nuisance and anti-social use of vehicles.

“I would encourage everyone to take part in the consultation so that we can work together to make Bradford’s roads safer for everyone.”

People can give their view what they think by completing and submitting the short online survey at:  https://surveys.bradford.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=154262806561

The closing date for submissions is 31 December 2018.

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