Plan to ban boy racers from noisily revving engines in Brent
Boy-racers could be banned from noisily revving their engines as part of a clampdown on nuisance drivers.
Brent Council is considering putting a borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place to stop poor driver behaviour.
This would include the unnecessary revving of engines, rapid acceleration and the overuse of horns.
The council hopes to reduce the number of people “racing” along its roads and those performing dangerous stunts in their cars.
It said: “A common complaint has been about drivers using our streets like a racecourse, driving in a dangerous way, causing excessive noise for people living and working in the London Borough of Brent. There have been a number of accidents and fatalities in the last few years.”
The council explained there has been an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour reports related to nuisance drivers, including several noise complaints.
There are also plans to tackle the number of people driving along pavements and grass verges, which the council says is both dangerous and can cause damage.
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It said: “Other related nuisances include a number of vehicles causing an obstruction on a public highway and driving over footpaths.
“During the last financial year April 2020 to March 2021, there were 652 reports relating to vehicles causing an obstruction on a public highway, this includes abandoned vehicles.
“A further 46 incidents were recorded connected to driving over footpaths.”
The proposed PSPO would also cover the use of e-scooters – apart from those which are part of rental or trial schemes – being used on public land.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of people using these scooters illegally, while there were 29 recorded incidents of “e-scooter crime” in Brent.
If approved, the PSPO would run for two years before being reviewed and would give police “more flexibility” to tackle the issues raised.
Brent Council is currently consulting with residents as to what the PSPO should cover