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Spoiling The Supercar Fun

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A new set of regulations has been proposed for some London boroughs, aimed at spoiling the antisocial fun of some supercar owners. Revving aggressively, a booming beatbox and boy racer acceleration could become criminal offences, if Kensington and Chelsea councillors get their way.

The proposals are aimed specifically at a certain group of supercar owners, namely the monstrously wealthy Middle Eastern playboys and playgirls. They colonise the capital every summer, bringing their often garishly modified supercars with them, to terrorise the genteel full time residents of the neighbourhood. Every year at this time, the boroughs of Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Kensington are transformed into a weird kind of supercar 'I Spy,' with some of the capital's most exclusive streets infested with ridiculous amounts of Lambos, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Bugattis and Ferraris, among others.

Wealthy Saudis, Qataris, Kuwaitis and Emiratis have developed the habit of decamping to London for the summer months to escape the oppressive heat at home. But local residents claim the cars' owners indulge in some very antisocial driving behaviour while here, including parking with reckless abandon - after all, a parking ticket is nothing to the super rich - driving in convoy, racing, joyously leaning on the horn and leaving the engine running while they pop into Harrods for their shopping. The behaviour can continue long into the night, according to the complainants.

Local councillor, Tim Ahern, whose remit is the environment, environmental health and leisure, is hoping to dampen some of their boisterousness under the auspices of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Breaking the PSPO could result in a fine of £100. However, critics of the proposal claim current regulations are perfectly adequate to deal with the small number of summer visitors to the capital, who feel the need to disturb the local peace, and that in any case, the level of punishment involved is unlikely to deter offenders.

Massive numbers of parking tickets are issued to Middle East registered vehicles every summer - last year in Westminster, owners of cars registered in Qatar alone were issued fines worth £57,060. While the local authority claims it does its best to track down the owners of the cars to claim its fines, it is struggling to recover the money and is exploring how the recent change in regulations, which has seen cross border cooperation between European driving agencies, can be extended to other nations.

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