Playing music loudly in your car could soon result in a £100 fine
Drivers caught playing music too loudly can now be fined as part of a new council trial.
A Public Space Protection Order has been introduced which means motorists could be slapped with a £100 penalty for anti-social vehicle use.
The Mirror reports it relates to a number of driving concerns – including causing a danger to other road users, playing loud music, shouting, swearing or making sexual suggestions from a motor vehicle.
The move comes after a public consultation found two third of residents felt unsafe on the roads, citing noise nuisance as a contributing problem.
A further 76 per cent supported a PSPO to help reduce the anti-social behaviour in roads.
The scheme is being trialed in Bradford and if successful, the scheme could be rolled out to other areas.
A PSPO is an order that introduces rules to an area that are designed to keep residents safe – council enforcement officers and police officers are authorised to act on them for the purpose of maintaining peace.
In this instance, the PSPO can be used to stop anti-social driving – or anything considered anti-social on the road, for example excessive wheel spinning and shouting from windows. The culprits can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100.
Councillor Abdul Jabar 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.”
Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I support the step that Bradford Council have approved in the use of Public Space Protection Orders, a move which I believe will help to tackle a number of anti-social behaviour and road safety related issues.”
“Road safety is clearly a significant area of interest in Bradford and for many communities across the county and remains a key focus in my Police and Crime Plan.
“The PSPO will complement the significant work already undertaken by West Yorkshire Police, the Council and other partners in the district such as Operation Steerside which targets wider road safety offences and behaviour.”
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.