The government issued a new injunction to prevent activists from blocking streets after a series of Insulate Britain protests.
The group has been responsible for closing highways nine times in the past three weeks, as well as A Roads near Dover Harbor on September 24th.
The new injunction bans protesters from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major roads in and around London.
It states that activists are not allowed to damage the road surface and infrastructure – and also forbid them to use tactics such as sticking to the street or parking their vehicles.
Speaking of the action, Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said that “every major road and highway connected to the M25 will be covered by this injunction to prevent further disruption.”
Mr. Shapps added: “We will continue to do everything in our power to prevent this self-destructive, disruptive and incredibly dangerous behavior from being carried out by Insulate Britain. They put lives in danger and harm their own cause.
“Activists are being tracked down and served with court documents and they are now being brought to justice. We will take the toughest measures against anyone who chooses to participate in this ridiculous and irresponsible act.”
Under the new law, the police will have the power to pass information and evidence about the activists to National Highways so that the injunctions can be enforced.
It aims to speed up the enforcement process and ensure that those who disobey the authority of the courts face the consequences, according to the Ministry of Transport.
Anyone who violates the injunction faces a prison sentence or an unlimited fine. Additionally, activists found for disobeying the court may also be forced to reimburse the cost of their trial.
National Highways secured an injunction from the High Court last week that banned activists from blocking the M25, but that didn’t stop the group from stopping at Junction 3 of the M4 near Heathrow Airport as well as the exit on Friday 1 of the M1 was at Brent Cross and Junction 25 of the M25 at Waltham Cross, north London.
On the same day, 39 people were arrested on suspicion of disability and conspiracy to commit public harassment.
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