Bikers in Harlow are being warned about a new injunction that comes into force today banning them from taking part in unauthorised ride outs.
The town-wide injunction, which is believed to be the first of its kind, runs until 31 March 2017.
It was granted to the council in time to stop a planned ride out event set for today (21 May 2016).
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 forbids the following activities as part of an unauthorised ride out:
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.
Playing loud music.
Shouting or swearing at, threatening or otherwise intimidating others
Nuisance particularly from the illegal riding of motorbikes is blighting people's quality of life in Harlow and the Council will not stand by and do nothing.