behaviour now face an unlimited driving ban as part of their
sentence, the Home Office announced today.
drivers who abandon their clapped out cars.
Kerb-crawling is a problem that affects communities all over the
country. By banning the drivers causing this serious nuisance, we can
deal with the distress caused to local communities.
Abandoned vehicles dumped in parks and public spaces are a blight on
the environment and are a focus for crime and anti-social behaviour,
banning drivers who abandon their cars sends a strong message that
offenders face serious sanctions. Boy-racers who terrorise
neighbourhoods by driving their vehicles off-road in parks and
wasteland will also face a driving ban.
Issuing guidance to the courts, Hazel Blears said: 'Kerb crawling
and the anti-social use of cars can blight local communities, causing
misery and distress to people going about their daily lives. We are
determined to deal with this growing problem and are giving courts
the powers to ban drivers who use their cars to commit anti-social
behaviour. This new measure will help put a stop to boy racers
driving recklessly in parks and housing estates and kerb-crawlers
harrassing and intimidating women.
'Alongside the new measures in the Anti Social Behaviour Act for
police officers and local authorities, this new power sends out a
strong message that nuisance behaviour be not be tolerated. We are
taking tough action against those who cause distress and disruption
to local communities.'
Under Section 146 (1) of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing)
Act 2000, courts can disqualify a driver for such period as it thinks
fit. The Anti-Social Behaviour white paper 'Respect and
Responsibility' set out how the power would be used to tackle drivers
who use their vehicles to caus e a nuisance to their community.
1. Under Section 146 (1) of the Powers of Criminal Courts
(Sentencing) Act 2000, the court by or before which a person is
convicted of an offence committed after 31 December 1997 may, instead
of or in addition to dealing with him in any other way, order him to
be disqualified, for such period as it thinks fit, from holding or
obtaining a driving licence.
2. The power to remove licences will be available to courts from 1
3. The new power is in addition to measures to be introduced under
the Anti Social Behaviour Act (2003) to tackle anti-social behaviour.
4. The Anti Social Behaviour White Paper 'Respect and Responsibility'
was published on 12 March. The Anti Social Behaviour Bill received
Royal Assent on 21 November. The 'Together: Tackling Anti Social
Behaviour' Action Plan was launched on 14 October 2003.
5. Nearly one in five people identify abandoned vehicles as a big or
fairly big problem. In 2001/2002, 293000 vehicles were reported as
abandoned across England. More than one third of all abandoned
vehicles are in London (Together Action Plan: 2003).
6. The Anti-Social Behaviour Unit is working with a number of areas
throughout the country to tackle the problem of abandoned cars by
setting up trailblaizing areas. From October 2004, Operation Scrap-It
will ensure that all vehicles in London and Liverpool confirmed as
untaxed or abandoned will be removed in 24 hours.
7. Under the Police Reform Act 2002, police and community support
officers have the power to seize cars and motorbikes driven
carelessly, inconsiderately, or 'off-road' in a manner that causes
alarm, annoyance or distress. The owner of the vehicle will have to
pay up to£357 to retrieve it.
8. The government is in the process of scoping a review on the issues
surrounding prostitution. This will be published shortly.