Kensington crackdown on supercar cacophony

Kensington and Chelsea council moves to clampdown on noisy vehicles

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No-one likes a show-off, and no-one likes a show off in a golden Ferrari revving a V12 engine outside their house on a Friday night.

This particular problem is one reserved for the luckless inhabitants of Kensington and Chelsea.

The smart London borough is irresistible to petrolhead playboys who want to bring their supercars to the capital to impress one another.

And over the summer, the volume is amplified by the emergent tradition of Middle Eastern drivers having their supercars shipped over to London after Ramadan for “the season”.

According to the Standard, more than 40 supercars were shipped to London from the Middle East in just three days.

Cars including Ferraris, Maseratis, Porsches and Lamborghinis can regularly be seen idling outside West London landmarks including Harrods and Sloane Square.

But now, the council is taking action against the noise. It is currently consulting on how best to clampdown on anti-social behaviour by supercar owners, which it says is having “a detrimental effect to the local community’s quality of life”.

If the council’s plans get the green light, then it would become a criminal offence for drivers to rev engines, rapidly accelerate, drive in convoy, leave the cars running while stationary, or to play loud music.

Cllr Tim Ahern, who is the council’s cabinet member for environment, environmental health and leisure, said: “I know there has been a lot of coverage of expensive cars racing around Knightsbridge and also parking up and revving their engines. We want to take steps to discourage these drivers from their antisocial behaviour.”

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