Published: Friday, 1st February 2019
A consultation opens on Friday 1 Feb to get people's views on a proposed Public Space Protection Order to restrict inappropriate/inconsiderate vehicle use causing vehicle-related anti-social behaviour
The order would cover the King's Lynn area and come into force on 2 April 2019, initially for a period of three years.
Restrictions within the order include driving at excessive speed, sudden and/or repeated acceleration and deceleration, street racing, stunts (including, but not limited to, doughnutting, handbrake turns, drifting, and burnouts), continuous engine revving while stationary, unnecessary use of the horn, amplified music, littering from a vehicle, threatening, abusive or intimidating language or behaviour associated with vehicle use. A full list of restrictions can be viewed online at west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay.
Failure to comply with the PSPO could result in a fixed penalty notice of £80 or a court summons. Police and other authorised personnel will be able to issue fixed penalty notices.
Cllr Ian Devereux, cabinet member for environment, said: "We receive numerous complaints from members of the public about incidents of anti-social behaviour related to vehicle use. This can be very intimidating in some car parks and has an impact on people wanting to just get on with their everyday lives. Vehicles revving late at night, road racing and loud music are all noise nuisances which disturb people's sleep and disrupt their enjoyment of their own homes. The police and other agencies have also received complaints. We have worked with them to come up with this proposal to tackle the issue. We are interested to find out if the restrictions cover all the problems. Will the restrictions cause unintended consequences that inhibit someone's business or organised events? Are there other locations that need to be included in the order? Are there other vehicle-related behaviours that we haven't included? We really want to hear from people to see if this order covers the issues they have experienced."
The consultation questionnaire, along with a copy of the proposed order and a map showing the area covered, is available online at west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay. The consultation is open until Thursday, 28 February 2019.