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Supercars’ drivers who are keen to show off in order to stand out from the motoring “crowd” on London’s streets will be fined 1,000 pounds.

If you own a supercar or you just tuned you exhaust system, then you probably feel the need to show it to everybody and to brag with your enhanced toy. It is a well-known scenario for neighbours in one of Britain’s most posh areas, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. Bugattis and Lamborghinis are common sightings on the street in that part of London and tourists or car enthusiasts have always welcomed such display of power and beauty. The drivers are also enjoying the attention they receive by revving their engines to the limit. But the residents are not so pleased with the show put on by the millionaire racers, on the contrary.

Following complaints from people who reside in the Borough, the respective Council has voted in favour of the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Knightsbridge, London. The new legislation is supposed to deal effectively with the “excessive level of noise nuisance, annoyance, danger or risk or harm or injury” caused by urban racers. The fine amounts to 1,000 pounds and refers to behaviours such as revving the engine, rapidly accelerating, racing, performing stunts, sounding horns, causing obstructions or even leaving the engine of a stationary car running. Residents have access to a 24-hour telephone line where they can report any breach of the new law, while the Borough police were properly empowered to deal with this kind of situations.

The problem escalated in the last few years, as wealthy Arabs from the Middle East move to London to avoid extremely hot summer months and come accompanied by their supercars, which they love to show off. Soon after, UK car enthusiasts followed suit, turning the streets of Kensington and Chelsea into a dangerous racing ground.