A campaign cracking down on antisocial drivers behind the wheels of supercars in Knightsbridge has been hailed a success.
Kensington and Chelsea Council said extra police and powers had resulted in a number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) and warnings between June and July to enforce its Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).
During the two month period, it issued 33 FPNs and gave warnings to 11 drivers.
The police also had a dispersal zone in the area during three weekends which resulted in 34 dispersal orders being issued, banning the driver from returning within 24 hours, with the prospect of vehicle seizures from serial offenders .
The extra police in the area also meant a number of unrelated arrests were made, ranging from drunk driving to begging, drug dealing to money laundering.
The Royal borough, says its efforts, along with those of the local police , has already resulted in a “significant” drop in the number of cars being driven in an antisocial way in the area.
It will now look at the results before deciding whether to carry out a similar operations later this year.
Cllr Tim Ahern, who is leading on the PSPO for Kensington and Chelsea , said: “I think the residents of Knightsbridge will be delighted with the success of our operation. The message is really getting out that action will be taken if you come to the area and drive with no regard for those living there.
“Although the number of complaints has dropped in recent weeks, we will continue to enforce the PSPO and residents can call the hotline or email if they notice any antisocial driving.”
Drivers in Knightsbridge can be fined for:
- Revving engines
- Repeated sudden or rapid acceleration
- Leaving the engine running while parked
- Performing stunts
- Sounding horns
- Playing Music
- Using offensive language and/or intimidating behaviour towards others
- Causing obstruction on a public highway, including driving in convoy
A breach of the PSPO, which is enforced between midday and 6am, can result in a fine of between £100 and £1,000 for each offence.
To report a driver breaking the PSPO in the Knightsbridge area call the council on 020 7361 3002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Where did the breach occur?
- What time did the breach occur?
- Which of the criteria from the PSPO were breached?
- What was the make, model and colour of the vehicle?
- What is the vehicle registration number?
- If possible can you provide a description of the driver or passengers?
- Are you prepared to provide a witness statement? (Cases cannot be pursued unless this is provided)
To find out the area the PSPO is enforced in and for more information go to www.rbkc.gov.uk/pspo