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UK to look at noise cameras in bid to curb revving supercars

London residents are calling for measures to stop supercar owners using the streets as racetracks

A parking attendant in Knightsbridge, London, issues a ticket to the owner of an illegally parked Lamborghini. Stephen Lock / The National
A parking attendant in Knightsbridge, London, issues a ticket to the owner of an illegally parked Lamborghini. Stephen Lock / The National

Noise cameras could be introduced on London streets in a bid to stop supercar owners using residential roads as race tracks.

There have been calls to install acoustic cameras in wealthy Kensington and Chelsea after complaints from residents about noise from revving engines.

The borough has become notorious as a meeting point for motorists with high-performance cars and has led to concerns of racing.

Authorities say the situation has now reached “crisis point”.

Kensington and Chelsea councillor Johnny Thalassites has asked for the area to be a pilot for the new noise cameras in a bid to resolve the problem.

He said: “Powerful cars need careful handling and, unfortunately, our borough has seen and heard how certain drivers mistake our streets for a car show.

“This has been going on for years and it’s reaching crisis point. Acoustic cameras would give us a powerful new tool to catch drivers flouting the rules of the road.”

The noise cameras are triggered by excessive sound. The legal limit for a car is 74 decibels.

Britain’s Department for Transport is set to implement a seven-month trial of the cameras across the country.

Mr Thalassites has written to the UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

It comes after a crash led to a number of luxury cars in the district being destroyed.

Presently, drivers in the UK face fines of up to £1,000 for making excessive noise.

Almost 150 fines have been handed out to date since the introduction in 2015.

Updated: August 20, 2019 10:56 AM

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