Acoustic cameras which can catch noisy supercars and result in £1,000 fines are needed to solve “crisis” in London, councillor warns.
Kensington and Chelsea council have pleaded with the Government to install cameras that can register sound to stop their streets being turned into “race tracks” as noisy millionaires rev their supercars.
The new cameras will mean that if a car exceeds 74 decibels the camera takes photos of the registration number and a fine is sent to the owner.
Each summer roads are covered with fleets of Bentleys, Rolls Royce Phantoms, Lamborghinis, McLarens and other supercars.
Despite introductions of £1,000 fines with 148 being handed out to noisy drivers, owners continue to treat London’s streets like a “car show”.
Kensington and Chelsea councillor Johnny Thalassites said the situation is reaching “crisis point”.
He has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps this week asking for the area to be included in a UK trial of the cameras.
Mr Thalassites 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,” he told the Evening Standard.