In news that will hardly come as a shock to Australian motorists, London’s Chelsea and Kensington councils are looking at ways to reduce the anti-social behaviour of supercar owners in the area.
Similar to Australia’s own anti-hoon legislation (which varies slightly from state to state) the proposal would see certain driving behaviors banned.
To most car enthusiasts, the idea of large groups of supercars gathering in your suburb probably sounds just fine. In South West London however residents and councillors have made complaints about the excessive noise.
The proposed changes would see it become illegal to engage in the following: excessive acceleration, engine revving, playing loud music, honking the horn, leaving a car running while stationary, or travelling in convoy.
First offenders will be issued with a fine, but those identified as repeat offenders risk having their cars impounded.
Laws already exist to limit dangerous driving, but the new proposals would fall under a Public Spaces Protection Order, as set out by the UK’s Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act.
Although targeted at supercars in the area, many of which are shipped over by wealthy owners from the Gulf states, the laws would also extend to the general driving populace. Get caught doing the same thing in your Vauxhall Astra and you're nicked, son.
The supercar parades, meanwhile, are the stuff of internet legend. Dedicated websites and YouTube channels exist to share the outlandish spectacle with those who can’t make to the area to witness it themselves.
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