PSPOs for Anti-Social Driving - Proposals to Tackle Problem of Supercar Drivers in Kensington and Chelsea

PSPOs for Anti-Social Driving - Proposals to Tackle Problem of Supercar Drivers in Kensington and Chelsea

Ferraris, Paganis, Lamborghinis and Bugattis are just another part of living in many fashionable parts of London, however inappropriate and anti-social use of the super cars may soon be outlawed.


A Public Spaces Protection Order or PSPO could be used to target anti-social driving in Knightsbridge

Residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have complained about the influx of holiday home-owners who come for the summer months to stay in London properties bringing their supercars and causing disturbance.

Councillor for the area Tim Ahern has stated that "expensive cars racing around Knightsbridge and also parking up and revving their engines" is something of a problem for long-term residents and said: "We want to take steps to discourage these drivers from their antisocial behaviour."

The council have proposed legislation to make it a criminal offence for drivers to rev their engines, leave engines running whilst the vehicle is stationary or to accelerate or pull away quickly. There would also be a ban on playing music loudly, honking the horn and also driving in convoy.

A consultation document issued by the council on Friday proposes that a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) be imposed on a large area of Knightsbridge to target the problem. The documentstates that it is in response to: "the excessive level of noise, nuisance, annoyance, danger or risk of harm or injury caused by motor vehicles to members of the public and property in the area".

What is a PSPO?

A PSPO is a relatively new power for local authorities granted under the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, however the suggested use to target supercar drivers would be the first use of the order aimed at anti-social driving.

What will the consequence be for anti-social driving?

The public consultation on the order will end in September, after this the order may be enacted. If the order is enacted, those who breach the order through anti-social driving will face a fine and potential prosecution. It is possible that those who repeatedly breach the order could have their beloved cars, (which are already worth hundreds of thousands of pounds before many racers choose to cover them in gold or encrust them with Swarovski crystals) seized by the police. Quentin Marshall, a councillor and a local resident said:

"The noise goes on all day but it is worse in the evenings and at night. It used to be limited to the summer, but now it is becoming pretty much all year round. We are just trying to stop these people who are abusing the rules and using their cars to make a very loud noise."

Furthermore, Nick Paget-Brown, of Kensington and Chelsea council, 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."

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