Driven to distraction: London council cracks down on noisy supercars

Drivers could face prosecution after local residents complain

London Council Cracks Down on Wealthy Drivers Showing Off Supercars
Millionaire drivers of 'supercars' could soon be all revved up and nowhere to go.

Residents in the exclusive Knightsbridge area of London say they are being driven to distraction by late-night racing of the fast cars and revving of their huge engines.

Some of the drivers come from the Gulf States, from where they ship in Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bugattis.

But now, the owners of the powerful sports cars will have to curb their need for speed – or instead face prosecution under new proposals.

Residents in London's Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have complained of the loud supercar activity during unsociable hours, reports the Metro.

Criminal offence

Under new council legislation, it would become a criminal offence for drivers to rev their engines, accelerate rapidly, or leave their vehicle engines running while the car is stationary.

Drivers will also be prevented from blasting loud music and honking their horn, according to the proposals for a Public Spaces Protection Order – which would cover most of the Knightsbridge area.

Anyone found to be in breach of the order would face a hefty fine, and repeat offenders would even run the risk of having their cars seized by police.

Describing the problem, Kensington and Chelsea council leader Nick Paget-Brown said: "The area has become a destination for boy racers from the Gulf States, and their supercars make an enormous amount of noise. They rev their cars and they can be heard right across the neighbourhood."