London borough seeks crackdown on noisy supercars

Sat Aug 1, 2015 1:29pm EDT
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By Edward Baran

LONDON(Reuters) - On one of London's most exclusive streets, the drivers of some expensive cars are getting ready to leave their parking spots.

The owners of the Lamborghini and KTM X-Bow edge onto the road and drive off, the roar of their engines heard down Sloane Street.

Such supercars are a regular sight in the wealthy Knightsbridge neighborhood - home to some of the British capital's most expensive properties.

And while they draw admiring glances from passersby, residents complain their drivers make too much noise, often at late hours.

"The real problem for us is at night when they race up and down ... revving their cars at high speed and making a really horrific noise," resident Panda Morgan-Thomas said. "It's quite impossible to sleep and that's the real problem."

Residents' complaints have now reached a point where the local council is planning to act.

Last week, the Kensington and Chelsea borough said it had begun consultation on introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), based on 2014 legislation intended to deal with nuisances seen as detrimental to local communities.

The PSPO would prohibit the revving of engines, rapid acceleration and playing loud music among other activities.   Continued...

A man walks past an Italian sports car in Shoreditch, London, April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton