The founder of a central London supercar dealership has begged with Kensington and Chelsea council not to ‘demonise supercars’ in a move he’s branded ‘using the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a nut’.
During the summer months wealthy areas of central London see an influx of visitors from the Middle East arriving to stay in their London properties – and often bringing expensive supercars with them.
But locals complain that they drive in an anti-social manner, revving engines late at night, accelerating quickly and driving in convoy.
To combat this, Kensington and Chelsea council has proposed legislation set to curb ‘excessive levels 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’.
It’s called the Public Spaces Protection order, or PSPO.
‘ASBO for supercars’
Described as an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) for motor vehicles, the public spaces protection order could give police powers to dish out fines for anyone causing a scene in their car in the central London district.
But the founder of Prindiville, a specialist supercar dealer in central London, has said existing laws are perfectly adequate and common sense needs to prevail.
Prindiville founder Alex Prindiville said: “While I can fully sympathise with local residents who are upset by the anti-social behaviour of the few, the proposed terms of the PSPO are an excessive response – forbidden will be playing music loudly in your car, travelling in convoy, revving your engine, letting your engine idle, causing either a stationary or moving obstruction, sounding your horn, accelerating rapidly, and a few more things besides.
“If I were to go shopping at Harrods in the Ferrari LaFerrari currently in the Prindiville showroom and when I started it up it revved loudly – which it would because that’s simply what happens with supercars like these, whether you like it or not – would I be arrested and have my car impounded?”
Prendiville added that the wealthy supercar owners are no different to boy racers across the country.
He said: “I don’t doubt that some of the young Arabs in their powerful supercars do cause a genuine nuisance, but apart from the price of their cars, are the rest of them so very different from young lads the length and breadth of this country? Existing police powers will sort out the troublemakers in Newcastle or Birmingham, Bristol or Brighton, so why does Kensington and Chelsea require anything extra?”
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