"Boy racers" could face jail term
So-called "boy racers" caught in Nottingham could now face a jail sentence as the city council has obtained new powers.
The council has been granted an injunction to stop car "cruises", in what is thought to be the first ban of its kind in the UK.
It bans any event in which five or more vehicles congregate, race or drive in convoy in any part of the city.
Those flouting the ban could be fined or sent to prison.
Local road users had claimed car enthusiasts, who used to congregate around the city's Broadmarsh centre to race at weekends were "dicing with death".
Police brought in a dispersal order in 2005 to tackle the problem but the drivers have been encouraged to return to the city via an enthusiasts' website.
Christine Oliver of the city council, said: "The message we want to send is don't cruise in Nottingham because we will enforce the order.
"The significance is that we will be able to prevent people from cruising around and it is the first order of its kind in the city, and we believe in the country."
The order will stay in place until October 2007.
The races around the Broadmarsh centre are quite bad, me and Jimmy have pulled up to the traffic lights outside there before, only to realise that we were in the middle of a race . But to fine or arrest people who are in a convoy or where theres 5 cars sitting together seems a bit harsh if they're not causing any trouble.