Stevenage Council backs down over injunction

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Published on 20 August 2020 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

Stevenage Council has backed down from attempts to include motorcycling in a High Court injunction aimed at stopping so-called ‘Car Cruises’. 

As the BMF has previously reported, the draft text of an injunction that Stevenage Council intended to submit in an application to the High Court included broad wording that would have banned “driving or riding in convoy”. This could have led to innocent motorcycling activities such as charity ride-outs or riding instruction groups being blocked as well. 

Commenting, BMF Chairman Jim Freeman said: "The BMF have always been opposed to blanket injunctions taken out by local authorities. Apart from typically being a sledgehammer to crack a nut, they also usually indicate a lazy attitude to applying laws that are already in place. They are used as ASBOs without a specific target. This is fundamentally flawed, in the BMF's opinion, and should be regarded as not only illiberal, but authoritarian.” 
However, after the combination of major public outcry, a petition that garnered more than 3,000 signatures and legal action from local dealer Bike Stop, Stevenage Council has changed the wording of the draft injunction to remove motorcycles from the draft. A remote hearing was held to examine the remainder of the proposals at Luton District Registry on August 20th. 

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