IMG_0036This ‘crack down on supercars’ operation, rumoured last year after the season of supercars ended and the rich boys with their supercar toys left London and went elsewhere (normally Paris).

An ASBO for supercars was put on the table by the local police targetting the rich that flock to London, usually in the Knightsbridge area, to show off their hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of pounds worth of supercars.

If you stand on a street called Sloane Street (just behind Harrods) in Knightsbridge on a weekend, it would take less than 5 minutes for you to be able to see for yourself an exotic Italian supercar such as the Ferrari 458 or a Lamborghini Aventador. The same street and surrounding areas have also become a popular hangout for supercar spotters. They line the streets waiting for such a car to come along so that they can get their shots and upload to their popular instagram pages or hopefully catch a clip of something eventful for their YouTube pages.

IMG_0055Supercars in London and supercar spotters now go hand in hand, with UK owners of supercars and luxurious cars now knowing where to go to be spotted, and sometimes to show off with revving, fast acceleration and burnouts.

But when the supercar season starts, mainly foreign rich tourists, who bring their flock of supercars with them drawing in a huge crowd of carparazzi, its becoming unbearable for local residents and uncontrollable for the local police.

They have now launched an operation just in time for this years supercar invasion in London. The police are flexing their muscles using the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) 2015 which will cover the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

IMG_8440The police have pretty much covered every excuse a driver may think of to get out of a sticky situation, if they have been showing off a little too much and get caught. The order covers:

  • Revving of engines
  • Repeated Sudden or rapid acceleration
  • Racing
  • Leaving the engine of a stationary motor vehicle to run idle
  • Performing Stunts
  • Sounding horns
  • Playing music
  • Using abusive language towards another person
  • Causing obstruction on a public highway, whether moving or stationary, including driving in convoy

Not just a blanket cover they have also highlighted in bold on the same order which they have started to plaster round the troubled areas specific roads such as Brompton Road, Sloane Street and Basil Street which are the main hangout areas for supercars.IMG_0055(1)We have spent a lot of time in Knightsbridge previously creating videos for YouTube and taking pictures for Instagram of the supercars that are around the area. The majority of the time the cars are just parked up or going under the road legal speed, most of the time stuck in traffic.

The foreign influx also brings a huge trade into these areas with the majority of the expensive hotels and shops being funded by non UK residents. We first started visiting around 3 years ago when you were lucky to have caught another car spotter in passing, Now if a car such as a Bugatti, LaFerrari or a Porsche 918 goes by, behind it will be, what looks like a zombie Apocalypse of car spotters all competing to get the best picture.

Some nights you can stand on Sloane Street and nothing actually happens, you may catch a glimpse of a Lamborghini Huracan or a Ferrari going by but its usually a quiet street at night. However we can see the frustration of the residents as there have been occasions where either an event has taken place or an arranged meet at night which brings droves of cars into the area and the drivers have gone a bit crazy infront of the awaiting car spotters.

Surely a blanket cover which targets everyone with a supercar or luxury car isnt the way forward. We have witnessed for ourselves police pulling over supercar drivers which were just going about their business and not breaking any laws, being pulled over for absolutely no reason. When asked why they were being pulled they were told they were just being reminded of the new rules that have been brought into place in the area.

IMG_0033With free parking in the area in the evenings and Sundays for people to show off their prized possessions, tourism that draws rich people with their expensive toys and the forever increasing following with so called car spotters its going to be a tough battle for the police to try and keep the money coming into the area whilst keeping the local residents happy yet not cross the boundry of targetting everyone with a supercar that comes into the area. It seems at the moment they are doing the latter.

policeIf no one was there to watch, take pictures of or record supercars would that stop enticing people who wouldnt normally be in the area to stop visiting or performing so called ‘stunts’ to please the car spotters? This is another idea that the police are toying with to deter the supercar invasion in knightsbridge.

Car spotters could also be warned that they are also inbreach of a public order act 1986 if they are seen to be inciting drivers to rev, speed, burnout or anything other else then under the Public order act they could be liable:

(9)A person who incites another to commit an offence under subsection (8) is guilty of an offence.

Police could give both drivers and car spotters a banning order from the area, seize equipment such as cameras, video cameras and the drivers cars and handing out hefty fines as an example to deter any other so called offenders. police2

 

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