Newham Council wants to use new government powers to ban boy racers in the south of the borough.

​ The council wants to hear the views of residents on the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which would allow the police and council to fine people behaving antisocially in an area.

The order, which is being proposed for the Beckton, Royal Docks and Custom House wards, would target drivers who like to gather in the areas causing anti-social behaviour and racing their cars in Fast and Furious style events.

Over the last two years the council and police have taken action to prevent the races, which often take place in Royal Albert Way and Royal Docks Road, including seizing vehicles and closing roads.

The council has been working with the owners of the nearby retail parks to lock the car parks to prevent the boy racers from gathering in the area at night. But racing is still taking place on roads.

Due to its nature as a straight dual carriageway, Royal Albert Way has a history of speeding and dangerous driving. In August 2010, Joe Slater, 23, died after the white Ford Sierra Cosworth he was driving hit a wall, police confirmed after the incident that he had been speeding.

PSPOs were introduced in October 2014 to give councils the power to ban any nuisance behaviour in a designated area for up to three years.

If introduced the order will give the council and police the power to issue a £100 fixed penalty notice to drivers and motorcyclists gathering and racing in the three wards.

It will also allow the council to take action against other nuisance activities in the area including motorcyclists cutting through Beckton District Park and New Beckton Park and people illegally selling goods at the races.

Councillor Unmesh Desai, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “These boy racers have been putting the lives of residents and other motorists at risk as they gather and race through the borough late at night. Their loud revving engines, booming music and screeching tyres have been ruining the lives of residents living nearby for too long.

“This new power would give the council the ability to target these louts immediately and give them a fine – making it not worth coming to Newham to get their thrills.

“I encourage residents to get involved in the consultation and help the council in its efforts to get rid of these reckless drivers.”

The order will also prevent drivers from entering the retail parks after 8pm unless they are visiting one of the restaurants that are open.

Residents have until Thursday 8 October to submit their views.