An injunction which prevents group riding between 10AM-12 Midnight has been taken out in Harlow, Essex. The injunction bans groups of two or more people from taking part in unauthorised ride outs between 10am and 12midnight on any public land or public highway in Harlow. It covers ride outs involving both motor cycles and motor vehicles. Anyone breaking the injunction would be in contempt of court and may be sent to prison.
The injunction forbid the following activities as part of an unauthorised ride out:
- Excessive noise.
- Danger to other road users including pedestrians.
- Damage or risk of damage to private property.
- Any nuisance to other persons not participating in the unauthorised ride
- Driving at excess speed.Driving in convoy.
- Racing another motor vehicle.
- Performing stunts.
- Sounding horns.
- Playing loud music.
- Dropping litter.
- Shouting or swearing at, threatening or otherwise intimidating others
- However after huge uproar from bikers not only from the area but nationwide, Harlow Council issues an apology:
Harlow Council is very sorry that this issue has upset and angered the wider biking community. This was never our intention and we hope to clarify what the injunction does not ban:
Anyone riding bikes lawfully in Harlow on the road; anyone driving in a convoy or through the town; anyone learning to ride or teach others, or anyone taking part in a charity event.It sounds to us that after all the clarification that the injucntion doesn't really give the Police any additional power or control over the people whey are trying to target, and it was certainly a risky way to do it, but if the gangs they are trying to target take note then maybe it was worth it in the end.