Bradford Council is planning to take advantage of new, wide-ranging powers to help the police deal with anti-social vehicle use.
Councillors on the Regulatory and Appeals Committee which meets at City Hall on Thursday, 7 March, will be asked to approve the implementation of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering the whole of the district.
This will relate to a number of issues which can be classed as anti-social use of motor vehicles. These include excessive noise, causing a danger to other road users (including pedestrians), damage or risk of damage to property, playing loud music, shouting, swearing or making sexual suggestions from a motor vehicle.
Where such or similar behaviour is likely to act as a detriment to people’s quality of life in an area, the culprits can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 for breaching the PSPO.
If the Committee approves the recommendation in the report, Council officers should be able to install the legal framework to get it up and running in the next three months.
It will allow members of the public to report offences of anti-social vehicle use for Bradford Council to investigate and prosecute if appropriate. Only the police have the powers to stop moving vehicles.
Recent figures collected by Bradford Council suggests that reports of anti-social behaviour involving vehicles has risen from 597 incidents in the year ending in March 2015 to 866 incidents in the year to March, 2018.
A public consultation found that 76 per cent of people who responded to a survey were in favour of using the PSPO to tackle anti-social vehicle use. The consultation found that there were particular concerns in Manningham, Toller, City, Great Horton, Bradford Moor and Bowling and Barkerend wards of the district.
While figures show that the number of serious road accidents in Bradford, where someone is killed or seriously injured, is falling compared to neighbouring local authorities, anti-social vehicle use has been shown to have an adverse affect on the quality of people’s lives.
Coun Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “Dangerous, inconsiderate and anti-social vehicle use can have a significant effect on how safe people feel in the district.
“Without the PSPO, it is difficult for the Council or the police to combat anti-social use of a vehicle which does not constitute a breach of a specific motoring law.
“Any action we can take to improve this situation and increase community safety and improve the reputation of the district will be of benefit to residents, visitors and businesses.”