A wealthy “boy-racer” from the Middle East welcomed the proposed crackdown on anti-social driving in Knightsbridge and admitted “we make too much noise.”
Kensington and Chelsea council chiefs plan to introduce “car-Asbos”, making it a criminal offence for drivers to rev their engines, rapidly accelerate or play loud music in the neighbourhood.
The move follows years of roaring engines and squealing tyres on summer nights on the streets around Harrods that have blighted the lives of local residents. Now drivers of the imported “pimped up” supercars – often covered in gold or crystals – face prosecution and fines.
One supercar owner told the Standard he accepted the noise from their cars had been causing problems.
Mohammed Al Kubaisi, 26, a millionaire businessman from Qatar, has driven his Bentley, Ferrari, Rolls Royce Ghost, and now his Aston Martin Vanquish around the streets of Knightsbridge.
But he said: “We need to respect the UK law and the people that live here. We do make too much noise with our cars and we are visitors here so if the law is made we will abide by it.”
The planned Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) would be imposed on the Brompton and Hans Town wards of Knightsbridge, which includes Harrods and the streets around it.
Breaches of the PSPO will lead to fines and potential prosecution. Repeated breaking of the rules will lead to cars being seized by police and impounded.
The order would make it illegal for motorists to perform any of 11 different activities: revving engines; speeding; sudden or rapid acceleration; driving in convoy; racing; leaving the engine of a stationary vehicle to run idle; performing stunts; sounding horns; playing music; using threatening, intimidating behaviour; causing an obstruction on the road, whether moving or stationary.
Source: Evening Standard