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A Car Cruising Public Space Protection Order is in force within the borough of Milton Keynes.

Car Cruising is an unregulated activity that has grown both nationally and locally. Car enthusiasts gather to exhibit and drive their cars, sometimes in a dangerous manner.

These events are unregulated and pre-planned, usually via social media. In Milton Keynes there have been regular car cruise events which can attract in excess of 1000 cars. This gives rise to complaints of associated anti-social behaviour from residents including excessive noise and dangerous driving activities.


The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) which are intended to provide the means of preventing individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space. The power to make the order rests with Local Authorities in consultation with the police and other relevant bodies who may be affected.


Following a public consultation in 2019, Milton Keynes Council introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on 21st January 2020 to allow the anti-social behaviour associated with Car Cruising to be more effectively controlled.


The PSPO will be enforced by Thames Valley Police, supported by the Council.


It is an offence for a person without reasonable excuse;


a. to do anything that the person is prohibited from doing by a public spaces protection order, or


b. to fail to comply with a requirement to which the person is subject under a public spaces protection order.


A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (£1000)


Full details of the Public Space Protection Order can be found here.


Fixed Penalty Notices


A constable or authorised person may issue a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £100 to any person they have reason to believe committed an offence under this Public Space Protection Order.


To pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) by a credit or debit card, please contact Milton Keynes Council on 01908 691 691. We will require your FPN reference number and the date it was issued to be able to process the payment. The FPN will be discounted to £75.00 within 14 days of the date that the FPN was issued.


to pay by post - your cheque or crossed postal order must be made payable to Milton Keynes Council and sent with the fixed penalty notice to::

MK Together Team

Milton Keynes Council

Civic

1 Saxon Gate East

Central Milton Keynes

MK9 3EJ


Receipts will not be issued unless specifically requested.


Appeals Process


There is no statutory process of appeal for an offence covered by this Fixed Penalty Notice. This notice offers you the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence.


However, an informal written appeal will be considered provided it is made within 14 days from the date of issue of this Fixed Penalty Notice.


Please send any appeal to the following address


Director Law and Governance

Milton Keynes Council

Civic

1 Saxon Gate East

Central Milton Keynes

MK9 3EJ


Appeals against whether or not the Fixed Penalty Notice was issued correctly and not with regard to any of the facts surrounding the alleged offence.


Non-payment of fixed penalty notice


If no payment is made by the end of the 21‐day period, Milton Keynes Council may commence criminal proceedings against you. No reminders for payment will be sent to you.



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