Cruising crackdown

NEW police powers to stop “car cruising” in South Gloucestershire are being proposed.

The council is consulting on a new public spaces protection order (PSPO) for the whole district which would ban any gathering of cars and spectators in car parks and other public places “ in order to race, perform stunts or show off their vehicles”.

The council said: “Car cruises often result in reports of anti-social behaviour from residents and local businesses who are affected as well as impacting on other road users. In addition, these often spontaneous events place a significant demand on policing resources, local private security staff and in some cases council resources.”

The authority has launched a consultation for people to have their say on the proposed ban – it can be found online at and closes on January 1.