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Supercars and luxury vehicles targeted in Westminster illegal parking crackdown

Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, and Ferraris were all in the cross hairs of Westminster City Council traffic marshals

Luxury vehicles including custom Rolls Royce Phantoms, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Ferraris and a souped-up trike have been targeted in a crackdown on illegally parked supercars in Westminster .

A series of “special operations” were held by the city council’s traffic marshals around Covent Garden in problem roads such as Henrietta Street and Bedford Street.

Marshals observed hundreds of illegally parked cars during this period, of which 78 were supercars.

Four Parking Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued to supercars specifically, with a further 19 handed to luxury vehicles.

Last week the council revealed it is owed £1m in parking fines accrued by overseas drivers .

Supercars and luxury vehicles parking illegally is a summer scourge which affects residents, businesses and visitors to Westminster and its surrounding boroughs.

During the operations, marshals, who took a tow truck in case vehicles needed to be relocated, spoke to drivers, advising them to move on and suggesting where they could legally park.

The operations were started after complaints from residents during the summer months about supercars and luxury vehicles parking illegally and inconsiderate behaviour.

During two of the three operations, the same custom Rolls Royce Phantom was found parked on double yellow lines and issued with a fine on both occasions.

Cllr Danny Chalkley, head of City Highways at Westminster, said: “Unfortunately some drivers feel that owning a hugely expensive high performance car exempts them from parking rules.

One of the illegally parked cars(Image: Westminster City Council)

“During the summer months some motorists believe central London is a rule-free racetrack. It’s great to see impressive cars, but whether you own a Maserati or Mini, you must abide by the rules.”

Supercar drivers have generally cooperated with council marshals and moved on with minimal fuss, Westminster City Council said.

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